SEPA Minister Mr. Zhou Shengxian met with visiting CEO of French-based Veolia Environment Group, Mr. Henri Proglio at the SEPA office on October 31. The two exchanged views on furthering cooperation in the field of environment.
Minister Zhou briefed the guest on the general situation of environmental protection work in China. He indicated that after the pollution accident of the Songhua River at the end of 2005, the Chinese government has made fundamental adjustment to the work direction on environmental protection and proposed the concept of realizing the historic transformation in this area in full scale by summarizing the lessons learned through development and borrowing international experience. It also put forward the environmental protection considerations of full-range advancement and key point breakthrough, giving top priority to pollution prevention and treatment and safeguarding drinking water safety for the public as the primary task in the 11th Five-Year Plan for National Economic and Social Development of China.
Minister Zhou added that the just concluded 17th National Congress of the CPC has elevated environmental protection to a higher strategic position and pointed out the direction for environmental protection works, in which the idea of "developing environmental conservation industries; increasing spending on energy and environmental conservation with the focus on intensifying prevention and control of water, air and soil pollution and improving the living environment for both urban and rural residents" was especially spelt out. This not only signifies new historic opportunity for environmental protection work, but also can create broader development space for the environmental conservation industry of China.
Minister Zhou observed that as a world renowned environmental service providing enterprise, the French-based Veolia Environment Group boasts advanced theories and sophisticated technologies in the field of environmental protection. Following 10-odd years of presence in the Chinese market, it has obtained gratifying achievements in the field of environmental service providing. He added that he is very confident to furthering the cooperation between the two sides and expected that the two can continue expanding the depth and width of environmental cooperation through joint efforts and practical advancement.
Mr. Henri Proglio expressed his appreciation for the importance accorded by SEPA to the cooperation with Veolia Environment Group and hoped that the two can further heighten the cooperation in projects, fund and talent training so as to jointly enhance the development of the environmental protection industrial market of China.
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