|Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Umeda Kunio
They are part of Japan’s Grassroots Grant Assistance Programme launched in 1992, which has supported 630 grassroots projects in Vietnam, with Official Development Assistance (ODA) totalling US$53 million.
The latest projects include new classes for three primary schools in the provinces of Thai Nguyen, Nam Dinh and Nghe An. Each commune will get assistance of up to US$80,000-US$85,000.
The Paediatrics Department of central Quang Tri province’s General Hospital and Binh Chau Commune Healthcare Centre in northern province of Hoa Binh are set to have their facilities improved thanks to the aid worth US$83,000 and US$87,000 respectively.
The Da Nang Centre for supporting Agent Orange/dioxin victims will receive aid of nearly US$57,000 to buy a new bus to carry the victims.
Another grant of US$76,000 will be provided to Son Mau Commune in Quang Ngai central province to upgrade a 700-metre road connecting two hamlets in the commune.
In addition, the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) in Vietnam will carry out landmine clearance work in the central province of Quang Binh thanks to Japan’s financial assistance worth nearly US$625,000.
MAG is a non-governmental organisation based in UK that assists people affected by landmines, unexploded ordnance, and small arms and light weapons.
The Japanese Ambassador and representatives from beneficiary communes and organisations signed grant providing agreements on December 5.
“The Japanese government hopes to contribute to the comprehensive development of Vietnam and better life of Vietnamese,” the Ambassador said.