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Hanoi (VNA) – Japan has provided nearly 2 million USD for 18 projects in 15 localities in Vietnam as part of the Japanese Government’s grassroots non-refundable aid programme.

A signing ceremony for the assistance took place in Hanoi on March 21.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Umeda Kunio said despite rapid economic growth and urbanisation, many people in Vietnam have been left behind with limited access to education and health care. In addition to that, unexploded ordnance left from the war 40 years ago has still been affecting many lives, he noted.

The 18 projects cover the fields of healthcare, primary and kindergarten education, agricultural production, post-war bomb clearance, vocational training, elderly care, and local infrastructure development, the ambassador added.

He hoped that the projects would contribute to the sustainable development of Vietnam.

Chairman of the People’s Committee of Tan Son district, northern Phu Tho province Nguyen Ba Khuyen, on behalf of aid recipients, said the local authorities will coordinate with relevant agencies to carry out the projects on schedule and once completed, they will be used effectively in the long-term.

Tan Son district is a beneficiary from the Japanese-funded project on improving primary educational environment.-VNA