Kick-off Workshop for SATREPS Project

On the morning of 20th April 2018 in Hanoi, National University of Civil Engineering (NUCE) and Saitama University, Japan co-organized the “Kick-off Workshop for SATREPS Project: Establishment of Environmentally Sound Management of Construction and Demolition Waste and Its Wise Utilization for Environmental Pollution Control and for New Recycled Construction Materials in Vietnam”.

Overview of the Workshop​

The ceremony is honored to welcome the presence of: Assoc. Prof. Pham Duy Hoa – Rector of NUCE; Prof. Ken Kawamoto – Project leader, Saitama University, Japan; His Excellency Mr. Katsuro Nagai – Vice-Ambassador of Japan Embassy in Vietnam; Dr. Tran Tu Khanh – Director of Financial Planning Department, Ministry of Education and Training; Mr. Naoki Kakioka – Vice-Representative of JICA Vietnam; representatives of leaders of faculties, institutes, offices, research groups that participate in the project, and experts from research institutes, universities from Japan.

Delivering his opening speech, Assoc. Prof. Pham Duy Hoa – Rector of NUCE expressed his  joy when SATREPS Project which was proposed by NUCE, Vietnam and Saitama University, Japan with the collaboration of important partners of the two countries such as: Ministry of Construction, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Hanoi Department of Construction, Hai Phong Department of Natural Resources and Environment, Hanoi University of Science and Technology, National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES – Japan), and Center for Environmental Science in Saitama (CESS – Japan) had been approved by the governments of the two countries. Assoc. Prof. Pham Duy Hoa believed that results of the project will be important contributions to governmental agencies to establish policies in Construction and Demolition Waste (CDW) management, as well as to recycle CDW into new materials thus solving environmental pollution issues in Vietnam.

Assoc. Prof. Pham Duy Hoa – Rector of NUCE gives the opening speech

Subsequently, His Excellency Mr. Katsuro Nagai – Vice-Ambassador of Japan Embassy in Vietnam stressed in his speech that as of now, in large cities of Vietnam such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City there are numerous constructions being executed, especially infrastructures including roads, railroads and maritime structures. Hence, the generation and treatment of CDW is becoming a significant and urgent issue. Vietnam is a rapidly developing country, and in order for this development to be sustainable, the emergence of CDW management and recycling projects are a necessity. On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of Vietnam – Japan diplomatic ties, Mr. Katsuro Nagai hoped that on the basis of deep strategic cooperation and mutual trust, the two countries will promote further cooperation in many aspects. Japanese government will continue to cooperate to further contribute to the development of Vietnam.

His Excellency Mr. Katsuro Nagai – Vice-Ambassador of Japan Embassy in Vietnam gives the welcome speech​

Speaking at the Workshop, Dr. Tran Tu Khanh – Director of Financial Planning Department, Ministry of Education and Training sent his sincere thanks to Japanese government, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) who have always cooperated and supported the development of projects of Vietnamese government in general, and projects of the Ministry of Education and Training in particular, in the past time. With the main objective of the project being to manage, collect and recycle CDW, he believed SATREPS Project would contribute significantly in achieving sustainable development goals of the United Nations, as well as contribute in preserving the existing environment. Being the governing body of the project, the Ministry of Education and Training is committed to monitoring and directing NUCE to implement the project on schedule to hand over to JICA.

Dr. Tran Tu Khanh – Director of Financial Planning Department, Ministry of Education and Training gives the welcome speech​

Prof. Phan Quang Minh – Vice-Rector of NUCE, Director of SATREPS Project expressed that since 2015, the project group had commenced initial research in managing, collecting and recycling CDW in Vietnam. This is one of the important and urgent matters to Vietnam, especially to large cities that are in the stage of rapid construction and urbanization such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Hai Phong. Various survey trips of Japanese experts to Vietnam, together with visiting trips of Vietnamese experts and officers to Japan to learn from Japanese experience had been organized. The project was approved in 2017 by Japanese government, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST). Prof. Phan Quang Minh pledged to do his best during the project. With the aid from Japanese governments, the cooperation of Japanese experts, hopefully the project will achieve its objective, which is to establish, complete an environmentally sound management system of CDW, meet Vietnam’s strategy of sustainable development, as well as develop new technologies employing recycled CDW in constructing infrastructure and controlling environmental pollution. 

 

Prof. Phan Quang Minh – Vice-Rector of NUCE, Director of SATREPS Project gives the welcome speech

 
Prof. Ken Kawamoto – Project leader, Saitama University, Japan briefs about SATREPS Project​.

 

Delegates take a souvenir photo

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