Vietnamese and German authorities held a conference in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau on November 1 to launch their co-operative efforts in the water sector.
Conference attendees discussed co-operation between the German Society for International Co-operation (GIZ), the German Water Partnership (GWP) and the Germany – Vietnam Partnership Project for Competence Development of Vietnam's Water Sector (DEVIWAS) to connect the countries’ water sectors.
The two sides signed three agreements. One was a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on co-operation among the GWP, DEVIWAS, and the Academy of Managers for Construction and Cities of Vietnam.
There was also an MoU on co-operation between the GWP and DEVIWAS, the Vietnam Water Supply Association (VWSA) and German company Tilia GMBH. The last was an MoU between Ba Ria – Vung Tau Urban Water Drainage and Development Company, and the Dresden Water Drainage Company.
The two sides are also working to establish a Centre for Water Competence for Vietnam's water sector with assistance from Germany on equipment, technology, training and field trips. Germany will help train the centre’s first 20 lecturers.
The German government has provided 1.5 billion EUR in official development assistance capital for Vietnam in three main fields – vocational training, environment, and climate change response and energy.