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5/18/2018 10:07:36 PM

Japan to help six northern mountainous provinces build resilience to natural disasters

(VNF) – Six northern mountainous provinces will benefit from the project "Disaster resilient rural development", using the loan from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

JICA and six provinces attend the conference “Efficient Implementation of Rural Development through performance-based approach” held in Ha Noi on May 16 (photo: VNA)

Speaking at the conference "Efficient implementation of rural development through performance-based approach” held in Ha Noi on May 16, Vice Deputy Chair of Dien Bien province Lo Van Tien listed out six provinces participating in the project "Disaster resilient rural development" which are: Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Dien Bien, Lai Chau, Son La  (in the northern mountainous region of Vietnam)

He noted that in the past years, those provinces have achieved certain achievements in social-economic development, thanks to their own efforts in tapping into potentials for development, make efficient use of advantages, and the investment, supports from the government, Party, and international organizations.

However, due to the low starting point, these provinces have to cope with difficulties in accessing to socio-economic service, underdeveloped infrastructures. These obstacles have hampered economic development.

At the same time, the northern mountainous region is hardest hit by climate change, which result in abnormal weather events like drought, flash flood and landslide.

In 2016, total economic loss in six Northern mountainous provinces is estimated at VND 1,500 billion, which was equal to 1.3% GDP (VND 106,546 billions).

On the other hands, it takes affected localities a considerable amount of financial resource for post-disaster relief, which put a heavy burden on the modest budget. 

The project "Disaster resilient rural development" is based on successful joint projects of JICA earlier in some localities. Targetting six provinces in northwestern Vietnam, the project aims at improving small-scale rural areas’ infrastructures to boost cultivation productivity, cattle rearing and sustainably increase agricultural value. Accordingly, the operation of rural areas’ infrastructures will be upgraded in a resilient way which improve the level of endurance, capacity to respond to climate change, contributing to mitigate the negative impacts caused by abnormal weather events.

The project total value is VND 2,903 billion, of which VND 2, 365 billion is borrowed from ODA, counterpart fund is VND 538 billion.

Once the project is completed, the number of its beneficiaries will be around 42,000. 

The preparation phase of the new project was kick started in 2016. 

At the moment, the project has been ratified by the PM. The project will be executed from 2018 to 2023. PM also assigned the People’s Committee of Lao Cai province to continue to work as the key agency connecting participating provinces. At the same time, Lao Cai will coordinate with the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and relevant Ministries, Sectors to make proposal on investment policy and legal procedures and submit to the government for approval and accelerate the launching of the project implementation.

Speaking at the conference, Konaka Tetsuo, Director of JICA in Vietnam stated that the Japanese government and JICA take account of economic development and pay attention to the vulnerable communities in the cause of economic development. JICA therefore prioritize inclusive development, and consider it a focal point in socio-economic development in Vietnam.

Kết quả hình ảnh cho Konaka Tetsuo

 Konaka Tetsuo, head of JICA in Vietnam stated that the Japanese government and JICA’s takes account of economic development and pay attention to the vulnerable communities (

From 1996 to 2016, JICA has conducted a number of large-scale of investment projects in infrastructures development with the capital amounting USD 1 billion, along with 630 work packages and many other joint projects in agriculture, health care.

In order to improve the efficiency of those projects, JICA has recently built a new project which is assessed using the performance-based approach, which are Lao Cai, Ha Giang, Yen Bai, Dien Bien, Lai Chau and Son La.

JICA has cooperated with Vietnam since 1992 by posting Japanese experts and receiving participants from Viet Nam for training in Japan. Nowadays, the agency is working to assist Vietnam in realizing its goal of becoming a modern industrialized country by 2020.

JICA has been cooperating with Japanese industrial manufacturers, educational organizations, municipalities, NGOs, and others to provide comprehensive assistance for Vietnam's nation building with a fair society through promoting economic growth, strengthening international competitiveness, supporting vulnerable groups and enhancing governance./.

      ( Translated by Phi Yen )
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