The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho always welcomes and gives priority to foreign-invested projects which help improve the local environment towards sustainable development.

Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Dao Anh Dung made the statement at a January 15 reception for a delegation of Japan’s Hiroshima Prefecture’s the Commerce, Industry and Labour Bureau.

At the meeting, representatives from the Can Tho Department of Natural Resources and Environment said the city’s environment is at high risk of pollution caused by the lack of an effective waste treatment system, urbanisation and exhaust fumes.

They noted that the majority of local enterprises are doing small-scale business in aquatic product and rice processing, fertiliser and construction materials, with poor waste treatment processes.

The city has not yet strengthened its management of hazardous medical waste while it has only one wastewater treatment plant with an operational capacity of 5,000 cubic metres, which does not meet the demand for waste disposal.

The application of Japan’s scientific achievements and technologies will help the city reap practical outcomes in bettering the local environment.

Takashi Inoue, head of the Japanese delegation, said Hiroshima experienced a period of environmental pollution caused by its process of industrialisation. Thus, the Japanese side, with experience and modern technologies in the field, wants to introduce Vietnam to modern equipment that helps deal with waste and water in industrial parks and aquaculture areas, he added.-VNA