At the reception
So said Tran Vinh Tuyen, Vice Chairman of the city People’s Committee during his reception for Henk Ovink, Dutch Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, on November 6th.
During the reception, Mr. Tuyen appreciated the effective support of the Netherlands, especially Rotterdam city, the water management agency, and the Centre for Promotion of Imports from developing countries, to the city in climate change adaptation, water resource management and flood prevention.
Expressing his thanks to the Netherlands for tackling the city’s challenges during its urban development, Mr. Tuyen said that water will be one of the conditions for the city development and a source of energy after being recycled. “The city hopes to receive water technology from the Netherlands to make a breakthrough in water management,” he added.
He went on to say that he praised the visit and participation in Vietwater exhibition 2018 by Mr. Henk Ovink, adding that he hoped after the visit, the Netherlands will raise initiatives on cooperation with the Vietnamese city’s enterprises in water management and turn them into specific projects.
For his part, Henk Ovink shared his care about the flooding and subsidence conditions caused by different reasons that Ho Chi Minh city is facing, saying that it is a chance for the two sides to collaborate, thus making water resources a factor serving the sustainable growth of the city in the impacts of climate change on the city and the Mekong River Delta.
He confirmed that the Netherlands is willing to cooperate with Ho Chi Minh city to seek financial resources for public-private partnership projects in infrastructure, water management and urban waste water treatment.
According to Mr. Henk Ovink, over the past time, the Netherlands has helped the Southern hub increase the ability of water management staff, stressing that in the future, the two sides should strengthen cooperation activities and share experiences and technology, so that the city could deal with challenges related to water, thus maintaining the city’s sustainable development. Earlier, Henk Ovink attended Vietwater 2018, the leading international exhibition on water supply and sewerage, water refinery and treatment technologies held in Vietnam./.