The Canadian Government will provide non-refundable aid of 20 million CAD to the Vietnam Skills for Employment Project.

A memorandum of understanding between the Vietnamese and Canadian Governments to that effect was signed by Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Cao Viet Sinh and Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam Deborah Chatsis in Hanoi on August 29.

The six-year project which will last until 2016 aims to improve vocational training and technical education management, as well as provide opportunities particularly for ethnic minorities, adolescents and rural residents to access skills training programmes.

It is intended to meet Vietnam ’s requirements for a strong knowledgeable human resource base as the country is further pushing its international economic integration.

Vietnam and Canada established development cooperation relationship in 1990. At present, Vietnam is among 20 nations prioritised for Canadian Government aid. Canada provided 23 million CAD to Vietnam in the 2009-2010 financial year and 27 million CAD in the 2010-2011 financial year.

Canada ’s aid for Vietnam mainly focuses on sustainable economic development, increasing agricultural productivity to assist with food security and facilitating training for farmers. Fighting climate change is also considered a priority for bilateral cooperation.-VNA