The working session between Can Tho authorities and a delegation of Japan’s Nagasaki-Vietnam Friendship Association on July 3 (Photo: daidoanket.vn)

Can Tho (VNA) – Officials of Can Tho city had a working session with a visiting delegation of Japan’s Nagasaki-Vietnam Friendship Association on July 3, discussing stronger cooperation in environmental protection.

Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam said the Mekong Delta city is very interested in the environmental issue, especially waste and industrial wastewater. It also expects more ODA funding from Japan for building more wastewater treatment factories.

He added he hopes Can Tho and Nagasaki prefecture will enhance cooperation in a more comprehensive manner in the future.

Tsutomu Tomioka, Chairman of the friendship association and also a Japanese parliamentarian, suggested Can Tho use the Japanese Government’s ODA loans to provide a training programme for environmental management officials and build waste-to-energy plants to treat waste and improve local residents’ life.

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Tomioka, who is also former Deputy Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, said to ensure good environmental management, it is necessary to educate students about environmental protection.

If Can Tho wants, the Nagasaki-Vietnam Friendship Association will invite the Japanese ministry to support the city, he added.

Due to climate change impacts, more and more people from other areas in the Mekong Delta are forecast to flock to Can Tho, which in turn will raise local demand for waste and wastewater treatment and environmental protection.-VNA