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Japan-led water supply project wraps up

The key role played by sustainable water supply in maintaining a healthy populace was among topics being discussed by experts at the closing seminar of the 5th Management Ability of Water Supply Authorities (MaWaSU) on now in Vientiane.

Experts from Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and Timor Leste are joining local counterparts over three days in the capital from July 11-13.

The MaWaSU project is a five-year technical cooperation project led by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) running from August 2012 to August 2017 with support from the government of Japan.

The project aims to strengthen the management capacity for governance in water supply sectors and Water Supply State Enterprise for safe, stable and sustainable water supply now and the future.

The MaWaSU project is organising the international seminar with the theme "Challenge for Creating Culture to Drink Tap Water by Supplying Drinkable Tap Water, Anytime, Anywhere".

Minister of Public Works and Transport, DrBounchanSinthavong said presently nationwide only 22 percent of the nation's population had access to piped water supply, while 78 percent of the population living in rural areas areutilising untreated or semi-treated water directly from environmental sources.

Besides improving and increasing the water supply in the cities, authorities seek to develop, enhance and upgrade the quantity and quality of water provided to rural areas, he said.

The MaWaSU project has been implemented in Vientiane capital prefecture and the provinces of LuangPrabang and Khammuan.

Activities of the project include the creation of a tracking system, access and water supply management, creating and developing handbooks on technical matters in water supply sectors as well as upgrading officials knowledge in water supply enterprises regionwide.

Each has met once a year to present on project activities and outcomes to both domestic and international community in the water supply sector.

The closing seminar is set to report the final results and declare proactive and sustainable post-MaWaSU activity promotion.

The three days of the closing seminar is set to include three main parts.

These are a review of MaWaSU from Japanese waterworks utilities, Lao counterparts and Japanese experts, report of MaWaSU activities from the administration and activities from waterworks utilities of participating nations.

 

By Times Reporter
(Latest Update July 12, 2017)


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