Towards the 40th Anniversary of establishing diplomatic relation between Vietnam and Germany, on 1st November in Vung Tau City, Vietnam Water Supply Association (VWSA), Water Management Program (WMP) of German Society For International Cooperation (GIZ) and Germany – Vietnam partnership project for competence development of the Vietnam’s water sector (DEVIWAS) of German Water Partnership (GWP) hold “The kick-off Workshop between GIZ – GWP – VWSA cooperation for Vietnamese –German competence connection in water sector” with BUSSADCO’s support.
Many important cooperation agreements are signed in the Workshop with the witness of representatives of the competent authorities of the Federal Republic Germany and Vietnam Governments.
Attending the Workshop, there are Ms. Phan Thi My Linh – Deputy Minister of Construction, Mr. Cao Lai Quang – Chairman of the Vietnam Water Supply and Sewerage and representatives of Federal Republic Germany Government including Dr. Gunther Adler - Minister of State of Federal Ministry for the environment, construction, nature conservation and nuclear safety and Dr. Michael Prange – Director of German Water Partnership (GWP).
Speaking at the workshop, Deputy Minister Phan Thi My Linh said " The Kick-off workshop between GIZ – GWP – VWSA cooperation for Vietnamese –German competence connection in water sector" is an important event opening the potential and important cooperation activities of the parties in the future, especially in the field of training to improve the management capacity, vocational training for drainage sector towards the water sector with sustainable and stable development in Vietnam”.
Dr. Gunther Adler affirmed in his speech: "Vietnam is a strategic and key partner of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Federal Republic of Germany is currently the country providing the highest ODA funds for Vietnam in the EU community. Up to 2014, with ODA funds, the German Government provided Vietnam with over 1.5 billion Euros to effectively invest in three main fields: vocational training, environment, coping with climate change and energy”.
Both representatives of GIZ and GWP desired to be coordinated with VWSA in implementing the activities in order to improve the competence and promote their roles as a link between the members and the state management agencies, particularly in major fields such as training to improve the competence, transferring technology to contribute to institutional building and raising awareness of people about environmental issues..
Mr. Cao Lai Quang highly appreciated the support and cooperation’s importance of the German partners for VWSA, including activities supporting VWSA to establish the Water Competence Center in Vietnam. “BUSADCO is the unit assigned to carry out these activities under the direction of VWSA and the support of the German partner. In order to achieve this goal, the German partner shall provide the necessary tools and measures including technical assistance and development of human resources, beginning with the establishment of 20 trainers of water supply and drainage companies. Besides, the German partner shall also provide the training program on soft skill, teaching method and site visits to learn domestic and international experiences ", Mr. Quang said.
The Workshop was ended with the signing ceremony of three important cooperation agreements between the two countries' units including: Memorandum of Cooperation among GWP- DEVIWAS and Academy of Managers for Construction and Cities; Memorandum of cooperation among GWP/ DEVIWAS, VWSA and Tilia GMBH of Germany; Memorandum of cooperation between BUSADCO and SEDD- the Federal Republic of Germany with the witness of representative government officials of both countries.