On November 29, the groundbreaking ceremony of the initiative “New Sewage Collection and Treatment System of Tay Ninh City” was held. The event was attended by the Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee of Tay Ninh, Mr. Duong Van Thang; Tay Ninh City People’s Committee Chairman Mr. Pham Trung Chanh; H.E. the Ambassador of Italy in Vietnam, Mr. Antonio Alessandro; the Head of AICS Office in Hanoi, Ms. Tiziana Fusco; and the Senior International Cooperation Desk Officer – Representative of the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investments, Mr. Nguyen Huy Hoang.
The project, financed by the Italian cooperation with a soft loan of 9,700,000 euros, will help to improve the living and sanitation conditions of about 150,000 inhabitants of the city of Tay Ninh through the construction of a water treatment plant with a capacity of 5000 m3/day built by the Italian-Vietnamese Consortium Sideridraulic-HTC-OCI. The initiative also provides with the construction of a 21 km sewer network; whose call for tenders for the selection of the contractor is being finalised.
In his opening speech, the Vice Chairman of the Tay Ninh Provincial People’s Committee, Mr. Duong Van Thang, declared the importance and relevance of this project following the rapid urbanization process and consequent public investments in the expansion and modernization of infrastructure and upgrading of the city’s basic services. “This project” – he said, “is a concrete demonstration of friendship and cooperation between the two countries, Italy and Vietnam, and I sincerely thank the Italian cooperation for this intervention.”
The Ambassador of Italy, H.E. Antonio Alessandro, recalling the consolidated Italian experience on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), highlighted the Italian commitment to promote the regeneration of territories based on the principles of sustainability, innovation and inclusion, that are also the main themes of Rome’s candidacy to host the 2030 Universal Exposition.
The Head of AICS Hanoi Office, Ms. Tiziana Fusco, recalling the prevention and response to the impact of climate change among the priorities of the Italian Cooperation, illustrated how the project intends through the construction of the sewage network to guarantee a controlled collection and transport of waste water and drainage, providing the city with adequate water management measures that reduce the risk of flooding in the city and limit the exposure of the population to unhealthy waters. At the same time, conveying this water to a modern treatment plant will ensure proper disposal measures in line with Vietnamese environmental legislation and related regulations, while mitigating the impact on the environment following the rapid urbanization. The sewage network and the water treatment plant will therefore contribute to the reduction of the transmission of infectious diseases and to the improvement of the city and its population health and hygiene.
With the implementation of this initiative, Italy renews its support to Vietnam and a strategic partnership for the achievement of the objectives set in the Socio-Economic Development Strategy (SEDS) 2021-2030 and the National Strategy for the Protection of the Environment (NSEP ) until 2030.