Representatives of the Committee for International Non-Governmental Organisation (INGO) Affairs and the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang met on July 23 to discuss ways to enhance their coordination and information sharing on INGO funding and assistance.

The provincial People’s Committee reported that as many as 30 INGOs were implementing 33 projects in the locality.

Since 2010, Kien Giang has received assistance from a large number of NGOs, with over 690 billion VND (nearly 32 million USD) being disbursed. The funding was mainly used to build infrastructure, protect the environment and preserve biodiversity.

The management and utilisation of funding complied with the programmes and projects’ objectives as well as the State’s current regulations on the approval and implementation of NGO projects, the People’s Committee said.

Delegates from the Committee for INGO Affairs asked the local chapter of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations to call for more support from INGOs in the locality and improve links with those already operating in the province.

The committee said it would work closely with Kien Giang and other localities to share information and facilitate INGO activities, thus contributing to poverty reduction and socio-economic development in Vietnam.-VNA