The ancient town of Hoi An in the central province of Quang Nam put its largest waste treatment facility into operation on July 15, in an effort to conserve the world cultural heritage site.

French Ambassador Jean Francois Girault cut the inauguration ribbon of the 77 billion VND (3.77 million USD) facility, of which his Government funded over 57 billion VND in official development assistance. The balance was provided by the Vietnamese Government.

The factory was designed to treat almost 7,000 cu. m. of liquid waste and 55 tonnes of solid waste a day, including a large volume of medical waste from the 300-bed municipal hospital.

Hoi An was awarded a World Cultural Heritage title by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 1999./.