Australian Consul General Mal Skelly Inaugurates Ben Tre's clean water factory

At the latest inauguration of a new clean water factory in Thanh Phu Dong Commune, Giong Trom District, Ben Tre Province, local officials have honoredly received Mr Mal Skelly the Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City and Mr Ray Miles Chief of the Australian expert delegation on their visit to Ben Tre Province.

The newly put into use factory is just one item of the clean water and environment sanitary project for rural areas in the Mekong Delta, which has the total investment capital of 6.5 million Australian dollars (AUD). The project was jointly invested by the Vietnamese and Australian governments, in which AUD4.35 million was financed by the Australian Government, and the rest 2.15 AUD of counterfund was extracted from the Vietnamese Government's infrastructural investment fund as well as people's contributions.

Ben Tre is among 5 selected provinces to carried out the project. In the province, the project was deployed in 9 communes including Dai Hoa Loc, Thanh Tri, Vang Quoi Tay, Vang Quoi Dong, Phu Vang, Thoi Lai (Binh Dai District); Bao Thanh (Bi Tri District); Tan Loi Thanh, and Thanh Phu Dong (Giong Trom District).

Mr Nguyen Quoc Bao, Vice Chairman of Ben Tre People's Committee said, the inauguration of the water factory and other auxiliary structures around it in Thanh Phu Dong is a great success in the course of co-operation between the Vietnamese and Australian Governments. The works have been checked and taken over and highly rated by the provincial panel. This project was believed to bring practical benefits to the 1,295 poor and difficult households in the commune. On the occasion, Mr Bao sincerely thanked the Australian Government for the invaluable help.

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