Hanoi 21 March 2003

Speech by Mr. Gerben de Jong, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Vietnam, at the signing ceremony of the “ South Hanoi Waste Water Treatment Plant” project on March 21, 2003. The Grant Agreement was signed by Mr. de Jong and the Vice Minister of the Ministry of Industry of Vietnam, Mr. Bui Xuan khu. The ceremony was attended also by representatives from Vietnamese and Dutch companies including Vietnam National Textile- Garment Corporation (Vinatex), Peja Vietnam/Stork Aqua and Chuchawal de Weger, from relevant authorities including the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Planning and Investment and Office of the Government.

“It is a great pleasure for me to be here today to sign the Grant Agreement for the “Waste Water Treatment Plant” project. The total project size amounts to 3,9 million Euro, 35% of which is provided as a grant from the Netherlands.

With a capacity to process 10,000 m3 waste water per day, this project is the second one of its kind to be initiated by Peja/Stork Aqua B.V, a Dutch company well- known for its know- how and equipment including in waste water treatment for the textile industry. The project will be carried out by a consortium of 2 Dutch companies, next to Stork Aqua also Chuchawal De Weger, a Dutch design and contracting company with presence in Vietnam since the early nineties.

Following the successful operation of the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Viet Thang Textile Company in the South of Vietnam, this new plant will take waste water generated from three textile companies and treat it before it flows into the Kim Nguu River. I am sure this will make a great contribution to the environment and the water quality of Vinh Tuy where the plant is located.

Vietnam is changing dramatically with impressive growth in every sector of the economy. The Vietnamese government has made significant progress in combining her economic development strategy with a policy towards environmental protection. This is reflected in the priorities given to environmental management projects in various industries. Textile and garments are ranked among the top 5 biggest export commodities nation-wide in recent years and are integral to the development of Vietnamese industry. Through the Netherlands’ Development- Related Export Transaction Programme (well known as ORET / Miliev Programme), we are very pleased to share a common responsibility in preserving a healthy environment for many households in the area and to make available a grant of 1,3 million Euro towards the textile and garment industry as a whole.

May I express the hope that this sustainable and beneficial Oret/Miliev project will further the way to enhance our bilateral co-operation and to improve environmental management in Vietnam.

Wishing you good luck with the project, and may it contribute to a more green and clean garment industry in Vietnam.

Thank you very much for your attention! “

For more information, please contact the Royal Netherlands Embassy (Mr. Hanspeter Verhoeff or Ms. Do Thi Thu Trang) in Hanoi at 8315650