YBP - On November 18, the delegation of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs and Asian Development Bank (ADB) led by Mr. Hoang Van Xo - Deputy Director of Planning- Finance Department, Ethnic Minority Committee, Head of ADB Project Committee, had a meeting with the Provincial People's Committee to prepare the project "Green infrastructure development adapting to climate change for ethnic minority areas in Yen Bai province" (financed by ADB).
The scene of the meeting
The project aims to promote socio-economic development, improve transport and irrigation infrastructure systems for the western districts and town of Yen Bai province, in which there are 2 extremely difficult districts; helping mountainous ethnic minorities deal with water security issues; ensure food security, poverty alleviation; changing perceptions, thoughts, ways of doing with new production methods, in accordance with the market mechanism, narrowing the development gap between regions, strengthening solidarity among ethnic groups, contributing to major stability security and defense of the North region in particular and the whole country in general.
Accordingly, the project will invest in 7 irrigation and transport sub-projects in 4 districts and town: Van Chan, Tram Tau, Mu Cang Chai and Nghia Lo town.
The project is expected to be implemented from 2021 - 2025 with a total investment of 1,480 billion VND, equivalent to 63.64 million USD, in which, ADB loan is 1,332 billion VND, local counterpart fund is 148 billion VND.
On behalf of the delegation, Mr. Hoang Van Xo suggested that Yen Bai province need to review all 7 sub-projects; Sub-projects should have specific plans and have more list of contingent sub-projects, give exact figures and information of each sub-project; the province need to research, arrange and prioritize investment for implementation urgent sub-projects for ethnic minority areas ...
At the same time, the province should continue to complete the report on the project proposal and send it to the Committee for Ethnic Minorities to have specific instructions on the order, procedures and documents; consult and submit to competent authorities for approval. The province should arrange staff to approach and implement the project right from the start of project implementation.
Mr. Hoang Van Xo spoke at the meeting
Mr. Hoang Van Xo also requested the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to appoint staff to help provinces review and evaluate the effectiveness of sub-projects and incorporate them into the fiscal plan in the period 2021 - 2025.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Nguyen The Phuoc, Vice Chairman of Provincial People's Committee said: The project "Development of green infrastructure adapting to climate change for ethnic minority areas in Yen Bai province" is very necessary for mountainous provinces like Yen Bai, especially for ethnic minorities in upland and remote communes of the province.
The project will create conditions for socio-economic development of ethnic minority areas, help to improve living standards, reduce poverty sustainably, stabilize political, economic and social security in the province.
The Provincial People's Committee assigned relevant departments and branches to coordinate reviewing and early finalizing the project proposal report according to the instructions to send to the Committee for Ethnic Minorities, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, and the Ministry of Finance.
Yen Bai province requested the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs and Asian Development Bank (ADB) to pay attention to supporting the capital source; coordinate with ministries and branches to consider and early approve capital sources for the project in the fiscal year 2021 - 2025.
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