The event saw the attendance of Christian Berger, German Ambassador to Viet Nam; Cao Lai Quang, Chairman of the VWSA; Nguyen The Hung, Vice Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee, among others.
The forum aims to introduce environment and investment opportunities in Ha Noi; attract foreign direct investment from Germany to the city; support German and Vietnamese businesses to learn about water sector needs; call on German investments in drainage and wastewater treatment in Ha Noi, contributing to promoting the capital’s socio-economic development; and intensify exchanges and cooperation between Viet Nam and Germany.
Speaking at the forum, Vice Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Nguyen The Hung said that Ha Noi has huge demand for clean water. The city needs an estimated of some 2 million cubic metres (m3) of clean water per day by 2020, about 3 million and 3.5 million m3 per day by 2030 and 2050, respectively. It is striving to fulfill the target of providing clean water for 100% of rural population by 2020.
Thus, Ha Noi has called on investments in water supply projects. So far, some of them have been put into operation, namely, the first phase of the Duong river surface water plant with the capacity of 150,000 m3 per day.
Vice Chairman Nguyen The Hung also emphasized that Ha Noi wishes investors and enterprises to join the capital city’s projects on drainage, wastewater treatment and improvement of the local environment.
German Ambassador to Viet Nam Christian Berger speaks at the forum.
Addressing the event, German Ambassador to Viet Nam Christian Berger said that his country once faced river and lake pollution like Viet Nam.
To deal with the issue, Germany worked out a series of policies, including wastewater discharge fee, water use standardization and water source protection, he said, noting that to date, 99.8% of households have domestic wastewater treated, and local people can drink tap water.
The diplomat affirmed that Germany is willing to support countries around the world, including Vietnam in technology investment for environmental protection, wastewater treatment and clean water purification facilities building.
He expressed his hope that the forum would connect Vietnamese and German businesses and help them learn about water sector’s needs to enhance their investment and cooperation.
In the framework of the forum, a series of events are held, such as “Water sector investment policies and needs of Ha Noi and Viet Nam” forum on March 19, “Technical workshop and business networking” on March 20, among others.