A delegation of 16 French businesses from the water sector will explore market needs in Vietnam from November 5 as part of their week-long fact finding tour, which already began in Cambodia on November 1.

The businesses, including Altereo, APB Environment, Aquasure, De Dietrich and SCE, look to get a better insight into local demands through site visits and meetings with donors and partners.

The trip is expected to enable the French businesses to develop durable commercial, industrial or technological partnerships with local actors, according to the organiser, UBIFRANCE.

As scheduled, Altereo and SCE will, on November 6, organise a seminar in Hanoi to present two projects finance by France in Vietnam.

These include a feasibility study for the second phase of the project “Ho Chi Minh City Environmental Sanitation” and the implementation of a geographical information system for the technical and heritage-focused management of the drinking water network in the central coastal city of Nha Trang.

The Vietnamese Government has set targets of having 100 percent of the urban population access to clean drinking water and 80 percent of waste water treated by 2020.-VNA