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JICA senior representative Toshio Nagase made the statement while addressing the International Conference and Exhibition on “Sewerage and Wastewater Treatment in Southeast Asia – Toward Sustainable Development” that was kicked off today in Vung Tau.
Nasage was among 200 delegates and speakers from many countries participating in the conference.
In addition, Japanese experts from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism and from local government shared their knowledge and experience.
The participants said Southeast Asian countries faced various challenges and difficulties such as shortage in investment capital, poor performance of service providers, limited knowledge and awareness of the communities and impacts from global climate changes.
In Vietnam, the government has been paying attention to improvement of sewerage and wastewater treatment in response to the needs of urban development. Japan is one of major donors who have been supporting Vietnam to develop public wastewater treatment plants in urban areas and improve its sanitation.
“As a result of ODA projects funded by the Japanese government through JICA, many wastewater treatment plants have been constructed in metropolitan areas like Hanoi, Haiphong, Ho Chi Minh City and Danang. Moreover, by dispatching experts, organising trainings, Japan is helping Vietnam to build institutional foundation and human resources to meet requirements of the infrastructure development in sewerage and wastewater treatment sector,” said Nagase.
At the conference, experts, decision makers and service providers as well as donors in the sewerage and wastewater treatment sector were engaged in different topics for discussion such as sewerage and wastewater treatment-from asset management to service delivery, sustainable financing, technology options, operation and maintenance of sewerage and wastewater treatment systems and capacity building for the sector.
“This conference will contribute to the joint effort made by the local and central government, wastewater treatment operators, non-government organisations and donors in improving the sewerage and wastewater treatment sector in SEA countries,” said Noupheuak Virabouth, Southeast Asian and Water Utilities Network (SEAWUN) President.
The two-day event was organised by the SEAWUN, in cooperation with Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage Association (VWSA). The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is among international donors such as ADB, WB, Finland sponsor the event.