VEI Helping Bangaladesh Water Supply

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Dhaka water supply and sewerage authority (DWASA) and Vitens Evides International (VEI) from the Netherlands have signed a memorandum of understanding expressing their commitment to intensify the existing partnership and explore future opportunities

This partnership focusses on technical support on operations and maintenance of drinking water infrastructure and on demonstration of urban dredging technologies as well as the extension of services into Dhaka’s low income communities.

Engr. Taqsem Kahn, managing director of DWASA and Mr. Marco Schouten, CEO of VEI signed a memorandum of understanding on 11 February in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Explore new opportunities

Engr. Taqsem Kahn stated: "the partnership between DWASA and VEI is an excellent one. So far we are harvesting good results; we are replicating these results and we are doing some rethinking. Now is the time to start the preparation for exploring new opportunities so we can expand and extend in the future".

DWASA and VEI have been cooperating in Dhaka since 2012.

Assessment of ongoing cooperation

A VEI delegation visited Dhaka to assess the progress and quality of this ongoing cooperation. They had a meeting with Ms. Zuena Aziz, vice chairman of DWASA board, and the management team of DWASA to discuss the future possibilities.

During the meeting with Ms. Zuena Aziz it became clear that 100% coverage of drinking water in Bangladesh is the first priority.

The partnership between DWASA and VEI is important to reach this goal as this partnership acts as best practice for water supply and sewerage authorities (wasa) of other cities in Bangladesh, such as Chittagong, Khulna, Sylhet and Rajshahi.

Source: Dutch Water Sector

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