VGP – The Irish Government is committed to providing a non-refundable aid worth € 55 million for Việt Nam to implement its Socio-Economic Development Plan in 2011-2015.
The aid commitment was announced during a ceremony introducing the National Strategy on Việt Nam-Ireland Development and Cooperation in the 2011-2015 period on November 28.
Vietnamese Permanent Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Cao Viết Sinh and Irish Minister of State for Trade and Development Jan O’Sullivan jointly introduced the Strategy which aims at helping the Vietnamese Government implement the Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2011-2015.
The Strategy has three main goals, entailing improving the grassroots levels’ capacity of planning and adjusting public investment resources to meet the needs of disadvantageous groups, strengthening the making and realization of policies at the central levels in tackling issues related to poverty and disadvantage as well as reinforcing the capacity of the government and research agencies and the private sector in economic management.
In the recent years, the Irish Government has assisted Việt Nam in poverty reduction and development targets through partnership relations such as the Poverty Reduction Support Credit (PRSC), Program 135 Phase II (P135-II), the Ireland- Việt Nam Development Experience and Sharing(IDEAS) and the Social Development Civil Society Fund (CSF).
Mrs. Jan O’Sullivan said Việt Nam is one of Ireland’s important partners and has gained a number of impressive achievements in poverty reduction and sustainable development in recent years.
The Strategy is an affirmation of a long-term development partnership between Việt Nam and Ireland. It defines goals, content and principles of the two nations’ development partnership as well as Ireland’s budgetary commitments for Việt Nam.
By Thùy Dung