JICA says Vietnam yet to control construction quality

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HANOI – Vietnam has not properly controlled the quality of construction projects, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in a meeting last week with the Ministry of Construction.

By Thoa Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily

HANOI – Vietnam has not properly controlled the quality of construction projects, according to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in a meeting last week with the Ministry of Construction.

Speaking at the meeting, Deputy Minister Nguyen Thanh Nghi said that the construction activities in Vietnam have increased strongly in number, scale and complexity.

There were nearly 50,000 construction works nationwide, with civil projects accounting for 51%, while traffic, industrial, irrigation-hydropower and infrastructure projects make up 19%, 11%, 9% and 10% respectively.

With such a high number, Vietnam has now been unable to control the quality of construction works tightly, especially ones in the private sector as the supervision of construction does not work efficiently, said Kato Tsuneo, head of JICA’s consulting team.

He said that the roles between project investors and management units should be separated clearly so that the monitoring of projects can be more efficient.

Tran Chung, a cooperation expert, said that Vietnam should pay more attention to the consulting and supervising teams as they directly involve in the supervision of the project quality. Currently, the wage for such teams in Vietnam is much lower compared to their responsibilities, he added.

To improve the supervision, Nakasuka Satoshi from JICA said that Vietnam should improve the testing system for supervising engineers as they needed to be trained well and undergo many national-level qualification tests.

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