For the World Bank, STELLA staff completed a study to initiate an Industrial Pollution Prevention programme in Vietnam. STELLA staff visited four industrial plants (two paper mills, a caustic soda plant, and a plywood plant) located in the two largest industrial zones in Vietnam: Viet Tri and Bien Hoa. STELLA staff also outlined a national action plan recommending both the creation of a Task Force led by the State Planning Committee and the Ministry of Environment and a training programme to initiate the managers of this entity to pollution prevention principles and techniques. For this study, STELLA staff reviewed the environmental standards promulgated by the Ministry of Environment in March 1995. These standards adapted from the Singapore standards distinguish between new and existing facilities.