HCM City calls for private investment in waste water treatment

Last update 08:20 | 22/06/2017
VietNamNet Bridge – As state and local budgets are limited, calling for private investment in waste water treatment is considered the most feasible solution for now. vietnam economy, business news, vn news, vietnamnet bridge, english news, Vietnam news, news Vietnam, vietnamnet news, vn news, Vietnam net news, Vietnam latest news, Vietnam breaking news, waste water, mekong, private investment

Experts participating in a workshop on water drainage and waste water treatment management in mid-June agreed that investment in the sector is coming in dribs and drabs.

Nguyen Kim Hoang from the Can Tho City Construction Department said except for the KfW-funded concentrated waste water treatment plant with capacity of 30,000 cubic meters per day, which is under execution, other waste water treatment projects in the city still have not received capital.

The investment capital for the concentrated waste water treatment plants in the districts of Binh Thuy, Thot Not, O Mon and Cai Rang has not been arranged and investors have not been found. The other non-concentrated projects in residential quarters and craft villages in the city are in the same situation.

As state and local budgets are limited, calling for private investment in waste water treatment is considered the most feasible solution for now. 

Duong Vu Linh from the Tra Vinh provincial Construction Department also said except for a waste water treatment plant with capacity of 18,000 cubic meters per day funded by GIZ, other projects cannot be implemented because of lack of capital.

Meanwhile, a representative of the Quang Ngai provincial Construction Department said such waste water collection and treatment systems in urban areas have not been developed because resources for investment and development are limited.

Nguyen Cong Thanh, technical advisor from GIZ, said that in the context of limited budgets, local authorities should encourage the private sector to engage in the water drainage and waste water treatment sector.

However, he said if local authorities cannot create reasonable policies, they will fail to attract private investment.

Thanh said it is necessary to offer incentives in corporate income tax and land. If not, the lack of capital will continue.

An Giang provincial authorities have set up a target of 30-50 percent waste water in craft villages to be collected and treated properly by 2020. In order to reach that goal, offering investment incentives to attract private investors is a must.

In a report released earlier this year by the Ministry of Construction, the ministry said Vietnam would have 52 million people in urban areas by 2025, while the water drainage and waste water treatment remain problematic.

The current total waste water treatment capacity is 890,000 cubic meters per day, which means a treatment proportion of 12-13 percent.

According to Nguyen Hong Tien from the ministry, Vietnam will strive to have 15-20 percent of waste water to be treated to meet standards by 2020.

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I am an attorney in the Washington DC area, with a Doctor of Law in the US, attended the master program at the National School of Administration of Việt Nam, and graduated from Sài Gòn University Law School. I aso studied philosophy at the School of Letters in Sài Gòn. I have worked as an anti-trust attorney for Federal Trade Commission and a litigator for a fortune-100 telecom company in Washington DC. I have taught law courses for legal professionals in Việt Nam and still counsel VN government agencies on legal matters. I have founded and managed businesses for me and my family, both law and non-law. I have published many articles on national newspapers and radio stations in Việt Nam. In 1989 I was one of the founding members of US-VN Trade Council, working to re-establish US-VN relationship. Since the early 90's, I have established and managed VNFORUM and VNBIZ forum on VN-related matters; these forums are the subject of a PhD thesis by Dr. Caroline Valverde at UC-Berkeley and her book Transnationalizing Viet Nam. I translate poetry and my translation of "A Request at Đồng Lộc Cemetery" is now engraved on a stone memorial at Đồng Lộc National Shrine in VN. I study and teach the Bible and Buddhism. In 2009 I founded and still manage dotchuoinon.com on positive thinking and two other blogs on Buddhism. In 2015 a group of friends and I founded website CVD - Conversations on Vietnam Development (cvdvn.net). I study the art of leadership with many friends who are religious, business and government leaders from many countries. In October 2011 Phu Nu Publishing House in Hanoi published my book "Positive Thinking to Change Your Life", in Vietnamese (TƯ DUY TÍCH CỰC Thay Đổi Cuộc Sống). In December 2013 Phu Nu Publishing House published my book "10 Core Values for Success". I practice Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi for health, and play guitar as a hobby, usually accompanying my wife Trần Lê Túy Phượng, aka singer Linh Phượng.

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