Environmental pollution is a concerning issue and seeking measures to cope with the issue is an urgent matter in the upcoming time. The statement was made by chairwoman of the HCMC People's Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam at a conference on urban waste management on Friday. At the event, Mr. Truong Trung Kien, head of the council's Urban Board said that the latest surveys by the board show that the Saigon-Dong Nai river system is being polluted with many norms being substandard comprising TSS, DO and Coliform. Except Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe canal, which water quality has been much improved thanks to cleanup projects, the remaining four namely Tan Hoa-Lo Gom, Tham Luong-Vam Thuat, Tau Hu-Ben Nghe and Doi-Te are heavily polluted. The city now receives 2.75 million cubic meters of wastewater a day on average. Of the volume, it has been able to handle 13.2 percent with only one out of 12 treatment plants having been built. Meanwhile, air polluting from traffic, residential activities and … [Read more...] about Environmental pollution: concerning issue in HCM City
Quality issues in project management
(CPV) - Experts from Vietnam and Japan gather today in HCM City to discuss issues and exchange experiences relating to construction quality and project management. It marks the 2nd Vietnam-Japan Seminar on Construction Quality and Project Management ever been held so far by Ministry of Construction (MOC) in cooperation with Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). MOC, MLIT and JICA have been cooperating to improve the government's administration system for construction work quality and safety management since 2010 in the light of increasing number and volume of infrastructure construction projects and work related accidents. The objectives of the 2 day seminar are to develop common understanding on the construction project management between Vietnam and Japan and to strengthen the cooperation in construction sector. In this regard, representatives from the Vietnamese side present the current situation … [Read more...] about Japan shares experiences in construction quality and project management
At the workshop on deployment of the Resolution No. 35/NQ-CP dated March 18, 2013 by the Government on urgent issues in environmental protection organized by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the participants have identified 6 urgent pressing issues in environmental protection need to be solved at the moment. Six urgent issues are as follows: the asynchronous development of industrial zones and infrastructure conditions leads to the situation that many parks and industrial zones have not built wastewater treatment system; mining activities lack strict management, solid waste, medical waste, waste water, industrial waste water haven't been collected and processed thoroughly; dust emissions haven't tightly controlled; waste from agricultural production and living activities of the people in rural areas haven't been collected and treated properly; backward technology and waste in the form of scrap imported into Vietnam are complicated and biodiversity has been … [Read more...] about Six urgent pressing issues in environmental protection
In a recent meeting with the Vietnam's Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) Nguyen Minh Quang in Hanoi, Mrs. Pany Yathotou Chairwoman of the Lao National Assembly, Politburo member said that Laos should learn more from mechanisms, policies and land management strategies of Vietnam. From 1990 to now, land management agencies of the two countries have facilitated mutual learning and experience sharing. Specifically, the Vietnam's General Land Administration (former name of the General Department of Land Management) often sent their experts to Laos to share experiences in land management. Lao land management agency also sent their delegations to the Vietnam's General Land Administration exploring the building of the Vietnam's Law on Land in the 1998 - 2003 period. Vietnam's General Department of Land Management has exchanged with Lao partner to build a project titled "Strengthening land management capacity for Lao's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment". At … [Read more...] about Vietnam in cooperation with Laos in land management
The Ministry of Construction's recent issue of a circular suggesting the dissolution of Project Management Units (PMUs) has raised many different opinions among the public. PMUs under the Ministry of Transport are similar in name but different in authority, structure and responsibility. Many of the agencies, whether big or small, have committed numerous wrongdoings in their operations because of the absence of a legal framework ruling their activities. After the major corruption scandal involving PMU18 (a road and bridge building agency), the public is demanding a better system to manage State-funded projects. While the circular suggests that PMUs should be dissolved or converted into private businesses, many experts feel those solutions are only feasible for small civil works, not large-scale construction projects. One PMU official voiced his concern that randomly dissolving and assembling PMUs when projects are completed and new ones kicked off, would lead to major … [Read more...] about Should Project Management Units be Dissolved?