Hanoi visit

meta-cre­ation_­date: 27 April, 2004

A picture of the old citadel of Hanoi
Orig­i­nal of the “Tow­ers of Hanoi(from the dic­tio­nary of data struc­tures and algorithms)”:http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/towersOfHanoi.html prob­lem

I’m in Hanoi for a few days to work on a project with the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Region­al Devel­op­ment. We’re devis­ing a ‘roadmap’ for the inte­gra­tion of Vietnam’s agri­cul­tur­al poli­cies into the glob­al trad­ing sys­tem defined for Viet­nam by WTO—which it plans to join soon—the ASEAN Free Trade Agree­ment and its bilat­er­al agree­ment with the USA. It’s always a plea­sure to come here (for the food if noth­ing else), but the traf­fic gets more alarm­ing every time. I dread the day—surely com­ing soon—when the cit­i­zens of Hanoi exchange their motor cycles for cars (as they swapped push­bikes for Hon­das in the past decade or so). Pedes­tri­an­ism will become still more haz­ardous, I sup­pose, but the irreg­u­lar streets of the old­er parts of the city and the remain­ing tree-lined avenues will be in even greater dan­ger.

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