NETHERLANDS AND VIETNAM SIGN AN AGREEMENT CONCERNING UPGRADING OF TRAINING CAPACITY IN COASTAL ENGINEERING

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NETHERLANDS AND VIETNAM SIGN AN AGREEMENT CONCERNING UPGRADING OF TRAINING CAPACITY IN COASTAL ENGINEERING

Hanoi, 28 March 2001

On 28 March 2001, the Royal Netherlands Embassy and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam sign an agreement concerning the upgrading of the training capacity in coastal engineering. The project will be implemented by Hanoi Water Resources University and Delft University in the Netherlands. A Coastal Engineering curriculum will be introduced. The project aims at raising the performance level of professionals working in coastal engineering in Vietnam, and to establish a firm foundation for well-qualified graduates to take up positions in engineering, research, operation and management functions in the various coastal engineering sectors of the country.

The project will total 5,888,119 Dutch Guilders, equaling about 2.403.313 USD, and will run from April 2001 until April 2005.

Support to Vietnam’s efforts in the water sector has become a priority of the Government of the Netherlands current co-operation programme with Vietnam. The sector has been included on the specific request of the Government of Vietnam in view of the similarities in physical geography between the two countries and the Netherlands’ vast expertise in water management. The Netherlands’ present co-operation programme in this sector includes projects for Development of the Red River Basin, for Integrated Coastal Zone Management, for Inland Waterways for Technical Assistance to the implementation of the new Water Resources Law and for Sector related Capacity Building.

In the near future, the Netherlands Government hopes to be able to help Vietnam develop its integrated flood protection policy and accomplish its plan for flood mitigation in the central region of Vietnam.

The Netherlands spends yearly nearly 0.8% of its GDP on development co-operation. The total budget for development co-operation is approximately 3.2 billion USD, making the Netherlands the sixth donor country world-wide in absolute terms.
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For more information, please contact the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Hanoi (Mr. Nico Bakker or Mrs. Nguyen Phuoc Binh Thanh) at ( 8315650.