The second phase of the Project for Capacity Enhancement in Road Maintenance will commence in December with financial and technical support from the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), according to a document signed between the Ministry of Transport and JICA in Hanoi on November 5.

At the signing ceremony, Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Hong Truong highlighted the need for the sustainable maintenance and management of Vietnam ’s road system, saying that the country’s transport system was a crucial foundation for economic development.

In phase 2, the project will focus on improving the property management system (PMS) for national roads via pilot projects with standardised criteria and action plans.

Other objectives include building the capacity of management staff and providing technical assistance for project implementation.

Phase 1 of the project ran from September 2011 to April 2014.

The project is part of the Agreement on Technical Cooperation signed in 1998 and the Exchange Note signed between the two countries in July this year.-VNA