ODA loans were disbursed to develop socio-economy in Kien Giang province. (Photo: kiengiang.gov.vn)

Kien Giang (VNA) – More than 1.1 trillion VND (47.8 million USD) in official development assistance (ODA) was disbursed for socio-economic development in the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang during the 2011-2016 period.

Of the total amount, 195.5 billion VND (8.45 million USD) was for transportation, 47.6 billion VND (2.05 million USD) for education, nearly 78 billion VND (3.35 million USD) for healthcare, and 247.86 billion VND (10.72 million USD) for agriculture-rural development.

The effective disbursement of ODA has created a face lift for the province, with a line-up of infrastructure facilities having been constructed or upgraded, and temporary houses along the river banks having been demolished.

Roads and bridges were heavily invested, facilitating travel of locals living in mountainous, remote and border areas.

Meanwhile, the province paid due attention to irrigational projects, making contributions to controlling saline intrusion, and responding to climate change to ensure sustainable agricultural production.

Regarding the healthcare sector, investment of modern equipment has helped reduce diagnosis errors, and served locals’ demands for treatment in many hospitals.

According to Nguyen Thi Kim Be, deputy head of Kien Giang province’s National Assembly delegation, the provincial People’s Committee has concretised and issued documents regulating ODA management and use. Accordingly, ODA capital has been disbursed in line with legal regulations.

The province is asking the Government for arranging capital to build additional 18 drains worth nearly 1.5 trillion VND (10.65 million USD) to response to climate change, and support local agriculture and aquaculture cultivation.-VNA