At the signing ceremony between Japanese Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City Kawaue Junichi (R) and Chairman of the Ninh Thuan province's Thuan Bac district People's Committee Le Kim Hoang. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – The Japanese Government will provide over 403,600 USD in non-refundable aid for five projects in health care and education in Vietnam under contracts signed in Ho Chi Minh City on March 14.

The money will be spent on building classrooms at Vu A Dinh primary school in Dak Drong commune, Cu Jut district, Dac Nong province, and at Tri Thuy primary school in Tri Hai commune, Ninh Hai district, Ninh Thuan province. It will also be used for the construction of a health infirmary in Cong Hai commune, Thuan Bac district, Ninh Thuan province, and purchase of medical equipment for health centres in Cho Lach district, Ben Tre province, and Moc Hoa district, Long An province.

At the signing ceremony, Japanese Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City Kawaue Junichi said that as a leading provider of non-refundable aid for Vietnam, Japan will work for the sustainable development of the Southeast Asian nation.

He expressed his hope that once completed, the five projects will help improve living conditions of residents in those provinces.

The contracts are part of Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) Programme, which sponsored 174 projects, mostly in education, health, agriculture and rural infrastructure, across 26 southern Vietnamese provinces between 1995 and 2016. Total funding amounted to over 13.87 million USD.-VNA