First of our Reviews
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The team here in Da Nang has been anticipating discussions with the leaders of the city of Da Nang to review our findings and recommendations. Today was the first chance we have had to review our consolidated set of findings across water management, transportation, and food safety with the Department of Information and Communication (DIC).
We spent the morning collecting, consolidating, and refining the presentation to be given in the afternoon. Time needs to be allotted for translation, which for this presentation happened over lunch – thank goodness we have such a great team of translators! By early afternoon, we were well prepared for our first review of our consolidated findings with the DIC.
We chose a format for the presentation which resulted in five different speakers to present for roughly 10-15 minutes each. I had the honor of presenting the methodology we used to prioritize our collected set of recommendations. We suggested a tiered approach be used to select which projects to work on immediately, next in line, and so on.
Our member of the team from Royal Dutch Shell, Lex Backer (far left, standing), presented on the topic of food safety, assisted by our translator, Quynh Houng Ngo (standing, middle of the picture).
The main receiver of the material was Mr. Son, the director of DIC (on the far right in the picture).
The discussion, while lasting a bit longer than expected (we expected a 2 hour meeting that stretched to 3 hours by the time we finished), seemed to be well received by the Department of Information and Communication. We were all quite happy as the meeting adjourned.
We had the great honor of being hosted for dinner by Mr. Son form DIC at a very nice restaurant in Da Nang immediately following the meeting. Every meal we have seems to offer something new and different to try, and all of the food is quite flavorful. This time, we had several appetizers followed by a soup cooked in a steamed, full pumpkin. The walls of the pumpkin are served with the soup which contained vegetables and chicken. This was followed by a hot pot of fresh vegetables, meat, and fresh noodles. Very tasty and best of all, it was great to get to know the people from DIC better over dinner conversation.
Tomorrow we are taking a trip to Hue, the ancient capital city of Vietnam. We're looking forward to a day of sight-seeing after a hard week of work.