HCMC – Foreign experts providing training to drive the trains of HCMC’s first metro line, which connects the landmark Ben Thanh Market in downtown HCMC and the Suoi Tien Theme Park in District 9, would be paid a salary of over VND500 million each.
The salary was among the outcomes of the negotiation between the Management Authority for Urban Railways of HCMC (MAUR), which is the project’s investor, and NJPT, which is the project’s consulting unit, on signing the annex of Contract No.19 for the metro line.
MAUR suggested that the head expert receive 2.5 million Japanese yen per month, equal to some VND542 million, and other experts be paid 2.35 million Japanese yen, or VND509 million.
According to the investor, these are the lowest salary levels earmarked for foreign experts under an original contract that it signed with NJPT in 2007. Also, the salary amounts are equivalent to those of a project in Indonesia’s Jakarta and approved by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, which is the project’s sponsor.
For local experts who will teach the driving, the investor suggested the deployment of a lump sum contract. Besides this, the costs to organize driving tests for 58 metro drivers who are joining a training course to drive the trains will be worked out before the tests take place.
Aside from salaries for driving instructors, MAUR suggested the foreign experts of NJPT each receive an allowance of 11,500 Japanese yen per day, or some VND2.5 million. This amount is lower than NJPT’s previously suggested figure of 12,000 Japanese yen.