German assistance on human resources training in wastewater treatment

On November 25, in Hanoi, an experience sharing forum between the German and Vietnamese water sectors was organized with participants from both countries. The forum also brought in solutions for Vietnam to increase efficiency in the water sector.
At the forum, the specialists in both countries re-confirmed the effectiveness of the cooperation between GWP and VWSA. This partnership aims at strengthening technical competency for VWSA and its members, particularly in the sewerage and wastewater treatment sector. The initial achievement of the German-Vietnamese partnership in the water sector is the DEVIWAS project, which focuses on competency development for the water sector in Vietnam. The first phase runs from 2013 to 2016.

Mr. Nguyen Dac Hoan, DEVIWAS project manager, stated that “the DEVIWAS project has been provided support to VWSA&;s competency effectively and actively through need-based surveys, training courses, technical information system advancement as well as organizational professionalism improvement. After two years of implementation, 28 training courses for more than one thousand participating students coming from VWSA&;s members in all three regions of Vietnam. The training courses are diverse, and they provide technical knowledge and skills as well as practical problem-solving for enterprises in the water sector.”

 “Under the partnership, the Vietnamese water sector in general and its members in particular will benefit from the knowledge, management and leadership methods, as well as modern system operation management from German lesson-learnt and German technologies. Besides, through collective action the enterprises from both countries have a chance to exchange experiences and develop opportunities for trading and investment cooperation […]”, Mr. Hoan shared.

Speaking at the forum, Mr. Nguyen Hong Tien, Chief of the Technical Infrastructure Agency under the Ministry of Construction, discussed the “Current situation of the water sector in Vietnam: Opportunities and Challenges”. Mr. Tien stated that the percentage of collection and treatment of wastewater reached only 12% of the practical needs, and therefore many rivers were contaminated. This severely affected the living environments as well as the ecology. Based on urgent needs, many urban cities have actively deployed sewerage and wastewater treatment projects, in which wastewater treatment plants and sewerage channels construction is focused. However, Mr. Tien was also concerned that infrastructure development needed human resource quality improvement so that it could draw out the most effective results. Therefore, DEVIWAS plays a very important role in strengthening Vietnamese human resources capacity in the water sector. 


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