Vietnam, RoK intensify environmental cooperation
Hanoi, April 17 (VNA) – Vietnam’s central province of Ha Tinh and the Korea Environment Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) will cooperate to implement a project on building a master plan on improving the sewage system and river water quality in Ha Tinh. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) to this effect was signed within the Korea-Vietnam Environmental Cooperation Forum in Hanoi on April 16. Addressing the forum, Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha described the Republic of Korea (RoK) as one of Vietnam’s most important strategic partners in environmental protection. Vietnam and the RoK are aware of the significance of enhanced bilateral cooperation in environmental protection, in order to ensure sustainable development of both sides, he said. The two countries have agreed to expand the bilateral collaboration through the exchange of experience and information, and the transfer of technologies relating to environmental protection and settlement, the minister noted. At the same time, they have committed to coordinating at international, regional and sub-regional forums to share viewpoints and consult each other in relevant spheres of mutual concern, according Ha. Minister of Environment of the RoK Kim Eun-kyung expressed her hope that state management and environmental research agencies, environmental protection associations and businesses of Vietnam and the RoK will actively exchange information and experience in management, promote technological transfer, and propose specific cooperation projects. The forum focused on investment and environment policies in Vietnam and the RoK, investment attraction policies in Ha Tinh, sewage system and river water quality in the province, and environmental technologies in the RoK./.