The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has approved a 14 million USD aid package to carry out the Haeng Bok (Happy) Programme in Vietnam’s northern border province of Lao Cai between 2014 and 2017.

The information was announced by KOICA’s chief representative in Vietnam Kim In, on the occasion of his working visit to the province on June 18-19.

Under the programme, KOICA will help Lao Cai build 500 km of rural roads and boarding houses for students from poor communes, as well as provide medical equipment for the provincial Obstetrics-Paediatrics Hospital and communal health stations.

Local officials will be sent to training courses in the Republic of Korea, while Korean volunteers will be assigned to work in Lao Cai province.

The KOICA’s representative said he hopes that the programme will make a small contribution to bringing happiness to Vietnamese people, especially those in disadvantaged mountainous regions.-VNA