Australia supports small-scale development projects

VGP – Australia has pledged over AUD260,000 ($210,000) for 14 small-scale development projects in 11 central and southern cities and provinces in Viet Nam for the 2014-2015 period.

Speaking at the signing ceremony of the Direct Aid Programme (DAP) in Ho Chi Minh City on January 7, Australian Consul General John McAnulty referred to the many DAP projects over the past three years which have contributed to improved local living standards across central and southern Viet Nam.

The projects focus on improving public health services and infrastructure in Ben Tre, Binh Dinh, Ninh Thuan, Vinh Long, An Giang, Khanh Hoa, Tra Vinh, and Ca Mau provinces as well as Can Tho city and Ho Chi Minh City.

Specifically, DAP-provided water filter systems in rural areas gave children the opportunity to wash their hands with clean water.

The DAP, backed by AUD141 million  ($119.8 million) as part of the non-refundable Australian government aid for Viet Nam in 2014-2015, aims to address humanitarian difficulties. Each DAP  project receives roughly $10,000.- VNA