Thanh Hoa province disburses USD7.2 million in international non-governmental organizations assistance

In 2020, the central province of Thanh Hoa has attracted positive assistance from international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) despite the negative impact of COVID-19, said Nguyen Van Thi, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, during a meeting of the province’s leaders with INGOs and international organizations.

World Vision Vietnam and the People's Committee of Thanh Hoa province signed a memorandum of understanding for “The project for Construction of Classrooms for Primary School in Thuong Ninh commune, Thanh Hoa province”, funded by the Embassy of Japan. 

Attending the conference was representatives of the People's Aid Co-ordinating Committee (PACCOM), Ministry of Foreigner Affairs, the People Committee of Thanh Hoa province as well as INGOs and Local NGOs which have been implementing projects in Thanh Hoa province.

With a population of over 3.64 million, Thanh Hoa is the third most populous province of Vietnam, with 11 mountainous districts inhabited by some 1.2 million people and some 600,000 ethnic minority people. Seven of its mountainous districts belong to the list of 62 poorest districts of the country, where residents lead difficult lives.

The meeting contributes to promoting the close cooperation between Thanh Hoa province and  INGOs as well as international organizations, in order to improve people’s quality of life, especially the well-being of most vulnerable children.

According to Thi, the management of INGOs aid has been conducted strictly, which was appreciated by INGOs. “From 2008 to 2018, the disbursement of INGOs assistance reached USD93.16 million, or roughly VND2.159 trillion,” he said, adding that the disbursement figure was estimated to reach USD7.2 million.

The assistance has mainly been spent on projects in agriculture, rural development, poverty reduction, increase of people’s capacity, healthcare, education, addressing social problems, environmental protection, prevention and mitigation of natural disasters’ consequences, and adaptation to climate change.

“These are areas of top priority in the province as they both satisfy people’s needs and contribute to accelerating poverty reduction and local socio-economic development,” Thi added.

He pledged that the province would continue to make the most favourable conditions for the operation of INGOs.

On the same day, the province signed deals with six NGOs for continued cooperation.

Mai Nguyen