transferring modern technology to provide clean water and renewable energy
solutions for Hanoi, Finnish Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs and Employment
Petri Peltonen told a Hanoi official on November 6.
At a working session with Vice Chairman of the
Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen The Hung, Peltonen said with the two countries’
45-year diplomatic relationship, there are opportunities for Vietnam and
Finland to enter a new stage of cooperation.
Large cities play a crucial role in a country’s
development, he said, noting that Finland hopes to contribute to the
development of Hanoi and Vietnam by giving support in clean water supply,
renewable energy development and smart city building.
Highlighting similar development targets,
Peltonen said Hanoi and Finland can enhance cooperation. With their experience,
companies operating in the energy and environment sectors in Finland are ready
to become partners of Hanoi.
For his part, Vice Chairman Hung said
cooperation between the two countries’ governments and between Hanoi and
Finnish cities has brought encouraging outcomes. Since the 1990s, the
Finland-built Mai Dich water plant has been one of the best water plants in
However, clean water is still an urgent issue in
the Vietnamese capital city, which has a population of about 10 million, he
noted, adding that Hanoi is mobilising resources to ensure clean water, about
180 litres each person per day, for all residents. It is also working to end
The city welcomes investors who can provide
effective clean water solutions, and it hopes for more Finnish investment, Hung
Hanoi also wants Finnish investors to
participate in waste-to-energy projects since Finland is a leading country with
clean energy. About 6,000-8,000 tonnes of waste are released in the city every
day, with most of it still buried.
Hung noted that Hanoi is taking the first steps
to turn it into a smart city, and it also looks forwards to Finnish investment
in this field.-VNA