Ambassador Kimmo Lähdevirta participated in the official ground breaking ceremony of the drainage and sanitation project in Tien Lang town, Hai Phong City on 10th February 2012. Vice Chairman of the Hai Phong City People’s Committee Mr. Le Khac Nam and Tien Lang District Party Secretary Mr. Bui The Nghia hosted the event.
The project is funded by the Finland – Vietnam Water and Sanitation Programme for Small Towns in Vietnam Phase II (WSPST-II) and implemented with the Ministry of Construction. The objective of the WSPST-II programme is to provide access to clean water and sanitation for about 50,000 people in small towns. The WSPST-II will invest in 23 water and drainage projects in 12 different towns located in Northern Vietnam.
In Vietnam many medium cities and small towns still lack adequate water supply and drainage & sanitation systems. Therefore one of the broader objectives of the WSPST-II is to develop suitable models how to provide these services for the citizens in small towns. Since 1985 water and sanitation has been a key sector for Finland in Vietnam. Especially in Hanoi and Hai Phong, Finland is widely associated with this sector with the term “Nuoc Phan Lan” (Finnish Water). Nowadays Finland is supporting Vietnam also in other clean technology and green economy sectors.
Tien Lang drainage and sanitation project is the first project to enter construction phase in the WSPST-II after close cooperation between Finnish and Vietnamese experts. Ambassador Lähdevirta praised the efforts made by the partners, congratulated Tien Lang District and Hai Phong City and hoped to see the implementation without hindrances. Tien Lang drainage and sanitation project together with the Tien Lang water supply plant built in WSPST Phase I (2004-2009) will form a complete set of services for the inhabitants of the town.