The WB is always willing to assist Vietnam in
climate change response and environmental protection, Benoit Bosquet, the
WB's regional director for sustainable development in East Asia and Pacific,
said at a meeting with Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment
Le Cong Thanh in Hanoi on December 9.
At the meeting, Benoit Bosquet praised the
Vietnamese government for taking practical actions in climate change
adaptation and environmental protection, adding that he believed the
government and especially the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
(MONRE) will achieve the targets.
Currently, as the WB is assisting the MONRE in
developing a project named "Renewing Vietnam’s national water governance",
Benoit Bosquet stressed that he would do his utmost so that the project
could be successfully concluded at the soonest possible.
Regarding environmental management and protection,
Benoit Bosquet said that the WB had assessed hazardous solid waste
management in Vietnam with the focus on urban areas.
Besides, the WB had made a number of recommendations
for Vietnam in the next phase, aiming at a building a modern, integrated and
sustainable solid waste management system with reasonable costs, the
regional director added.
For his part, Deputy Minister Le Cong Thanh
expressed his belief that Benoit Bosquet, with his extensive experience in
the field of natural resources and environment, will work closely with the
MONRE so that the two sides will soon identify immediate and long-term
The deputy minister acknowledged the WB's support
for Vietnam and affirmed that his ministry and the WB's experts have
developed a national water governance reform project, which is expected to
be the final product of technical assistance and be submitted to the
Vietnamese government by the end of 2020.
In terms of climate change, Thanh said that
Vietnam’s policy actions committed with the WB had basically been completed.
Regarding hazardous solid waste management, he
emphasized that Vietnam has committed itself to the international community
to prevent the dangers of plastic waste pollution, especially ocean plastic
The MONRE is one of the ministries leading the
movement "Say no to plastic waste". It has also launched an emulation
movement "Action to reduce plastic pollution and disposable plastic bags"
among its staff.
The MONRE hopes that there will be specific
cooperation with the WB in the field of solid waste management in the time
ahead, the deputy minister said.