Australian ambassador tours Mekong Delta to review cooperation potential
11:36 | 26/08/2009
VGP - Australian Ambassador to Việt Nam, Mr. Allaster Cox, will make a week-long tour to some provinces in the Mekong Delta in late August to review projects funded by Australia and to assess further development cooperation potential in the region.


A float market in the Mekong Delta

He will visit Đồng Tháp, Vĩnh Long, Tiền Giang, Hậu Giang, Cần Thơ, Kiên Giang and Cà Mau from August 23-29.

The ambassador will look into some Australia-funded projects on safe water and sanitary service provision. Successful lessons from the projects, which have been financed with some AU $50 million, could be multiplied nationwide via the national goal program on clean water and rural hygiene.

In Đồng Tháp, the Ambassador will discuss with relevant agencies about the location of a new bridge in Cao Lãnh Town, which will facilitate transportation and commercial activities in the region.

He plans to visit Mỹ Thuận Bridge, a symbol for the Việt Nam-Australia bilateral cooperation, that was built in 2000 with Australian financial assistance.

He will also visit an Oxfam-managed natural disaster mitigation project, where he is expected to announce a new Australian additional aid of AU $380,000 for this project.

In Sa Đéc Town of Đồng Tháp Province, the diplomat will visit a new water treatment plant using funds and technology from Australia

By Ngọc Vân

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