The Seoul Metropolitan Government has laid the foundation for the overseas expansion of Korean waterworks companies by signing an MOU with Vietnam’s Hue Water Supply Company to share advanced technology and knowledge in the field of water supply.
Hue is situated in the mid-northern region of Vietnam and covers an area of 5,054 square kilometers, six times larger than Seoul, with a total population of 1.12 million. The Hue Water Supply Company is a public organization responsible for operating the waterworks system for Hue. It currently manages 31 purification plants and supplies water to around 850,000 people. Also, its water supply penetration rate stands at nearly 73.5 percent.
Through this agreement, the two institutions will share policy and technological know-how related to waterworks systems, including the operation and management of purification plants, through water supply policy training. Also, technology exchanges through inspections and consultations on water supply facilities will be expanded further.
Since 2012, Seoul City has been conducting a series of water supply policy training programs for foreign waterworks companies. As of last year, 70 participants from 37 cities in 23 countries have participated in the program, and a total of 30 trainees will receive three rounds of training this year.
On March 2, 2015, 10 foreign dignitaries, including Dunesh Gankanda, Sri Lanka’s Deputy Minister of Urban Development and Water Supplies, and K.A. Ansar, Chairman of the Water Supply and Drainage Board, visited the Office of Waterworks and the Yeongdeungpo Arisu Water Purification Center, with more foreign visitors expected to visit such waterworks facilities in the near future.