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Private investors needed for wastewater treatment projects

Trung Chanh
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Private investors needed for wastewater treatment projects

Trung Chanh

CAN THO – Policy incentives should be adopted to encourage the private sector to participate in drainage and wastewater treatment projects, Nguyen Cong Thanh, technical advisor to German development agency GIZ, said at a seminar in Can Tho City on June 15.

He said local governments should offer private investors preferential treatment in terms of corporate income tax, land and financial support.

A wastewater treatment project in Can Tho which has a designed capacity of 30,000 cubic meters a day is funded by German development bank KfW. But for other projects, the city has yet to secure finances, said Nguyen Kim Hoang, head of the technical infrastructure division under the city’s Construction Department.

City authorities have been struggling to find investors for central wastewater treatment facilities in Binh Thuy, Thot Not, O Mon and Cai Rang districts. Wastewater treatment stations in residential areas and craft villages are on the same boat.

Duong Vu Linh, head of the urban infrastructure and development division under the Department of Construction of Tra Vinh Province, said except for a wastewater treatment project capable of handling 18,000 cubic meters a day funded by GIZ, his province has been unable to implement other wastewater treatment and management projects given a lack of capital.

A representative from the Construction Department of Quang Ngai Province said the province cannot build systems for urban wastewater collection and treatment in many districts.

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