Canada’s development assistance to Vietnam worth between 25-30 million CAD (around 24.2- 29 million USD) every year will be focused on two areas, said a Canadian government official.

Director of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Asia Division, Syed Sajadur Rahman, is scheduled to make a visit to Vietnam in November this year.

The two priority areas of Canadian support is creating a favourable environment for economic development and building capacity for the agricultural and rural development sector, he said.

He went on to eleborate that Canada will prioritise governance and justice reforms, support for small and medium-sized enterprises, especially those in rural areas, improvement of farming productivity, vocational and skill trainings for labourers.

Canada ’s annual budget of official development assistance for Asia is around 451 million CAD, which is second only to that for Africa (518 million CAD)./.