Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung (R) and First Mayor of Leipzig city Torsten Bonew (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung welcomed a delegation from the German city of Leipzig in Hanoi on December 3, who are in the capital city to learn about opportunities for cooperation, investment, and trade.

The delegation, led by First Mayor Torsten Bonew, took the opportunity to give technical assistance on the management of wastewater quality, worth 100,000 EUR to Hanoi.

Chairman Chung briefed the guest on the capital city’s recent socio-economic development, saying that Hanoi is a large city with an area of over 3,000sq.m and a population of 7.6 million. With rapid urbanisation, Hanoi is facing significant challenges like water and air pollution, as well as traffic congestion.

In its five-year socio-economic development plan (2016-2020), the city has taken on numerous programmes focused on urban development, water resource improvement, and clean water supply, including the Duong River Surface Water Treatment Plant project using German technology. The plant was put into operation last October, supplying 150,000cu.m of water per day.

Furthermore, Hanoi has partnered with Germany’s Watch Water company to produce Redocy 3C to treat pollution in rivers and lakes, while also installing more than 100 air monitoring stations to take appropriate measures, and using vacuum sweepers of Germany’s Hako group, Chung said.

First Mayor Bonew said during its development, Leipzig experienced challenges similar to Hanoi at present. With its experience in environmental pollution treatment and climate change adaptation, Leipzig wants to cooperate with Hanoi to overcome the difficulties, towards achieving sustainable development.

Bonew said that during the visit, the Leipzig delegation focuses on fields like wastewater treatment and clean water supply via solar-powered machines, tertiary training cooperation, and the exchange of vocational training teachers.

First Mayor Torsten Bonew invited Hanoi Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung, along with other city leaders and representatives of Hanoi companies and businesses to attend the Leipzig Fair in 2019. –VNA