South Korea will provide a grant of USD 6.78 million to Laos to support the country’s project to develop a green city and improve access to waste management and treatment services.
The project will also support the implementation strategy for solid waste management, and the deployment of a waste-to-resource initiative and facilities.
The project, which will be carried out from 2019-2024, will be implemented in Vientiane and Pakse.
The South Korean government will provide grant aid of USD 6.5 million, while an additional USD 280,000 will come from the Global Green Growth Institute, a treaty-based international organization designed to promote green growth and a growth paradigm.
The Lao government and the institute have been discussing the development of green cities since 2017. In particular, the two parties agreed to focus on wastewater and solid waste management.
Laos is currently pushing for several projects aimed at ensuring sustainable and green infrastructure development of the country, such as the National Green Growth Strategy, the Public Works and Transport Department’s Strategy for 2016-2025, and the Ministry of Public Works and Transport’s 5-year Development Plan for 2016-2020.
Separately, Vientiane also announced that it will embark on a project to build a new wastewater treatment plant next year.
The project is based on a USD 100 million loan provided by the Hungarian government, and a feasibility study is currently underway for the project.
Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin in 2020 and is expected to be completed in 2023.
If the plant is completed, the city will be able to double its daily water processing amount.
In addition, the project also seeks to improve the city’s water supply system to accommodate and handle household and wastewater effectively.
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