The launch ceremony, hosted by the Chemistry Corps Command, was attended by Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh, Deputy Minister of National Defense, Head of the Standing Office of the Steering Committee for the National Action Program on overcoming the aftermath of bombs, mines and explosives left by the war; and leaders of ministries, agencies, and international organizations.

The province currently has 16,000 local residents infected with Agent Orange/dioxin, including 5,000 in A Luoi district. According to a survey, as many as 35,000 cubic meters of dioxin-contaminated soil at the airport needs to be treated.

At the ground-breaking ceremony

Approved by the Ministry of National Defense, the project will be carried out over the next two years by the National Action Center for Toxic Chemicals and Environmental Treatment (NACCET) under the Chemistry Corps Command.

The project implementation aims to affirm the MND's efforts in overcoming war-left Unexploded Ordinance (UXO) consequences. It is expected to contribute to promoting socio-economic development along with strengthening defense and security in the province.

Speaking at the event, Gen. Vinh highly praised the efforts of the Chemistry Corps Command and other MND's agencies and units in closely coordinating with local authorities to launch the project.

He also asked them to continue to effectively cooperate with local authorities to implement the project as scheduled.

Translated by Lam Anh