The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will provide 500,000 USD for central Da Nang city to bring information technology (IT) to its rural areas in 2013.

The city’s Department of Information and Communications is coordinating with relevant agencies to promptly complete related procedures to receive the money and implement the project.

Director of the Department Pham Kim Son said that the project will focus on Hoa Vang district and combine with other IT programmes which involve the building of new rural areas.

Earlier, the foundation financed a pilot project to improve computer use skills and Internet access in Vietnam with a total sum of 50.6 million USD.

BMGF is the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world, founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. The primary aims of the foundation are to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty globally.-VNA