Mekong Delta needs more inter-provincial projects to boost development hinh anh 1The working session between officials of Can Tho city and a delegation of the German Agency for International Corporation (GIZ) on May 11 (Photo: VNA)
Can Tho (VNA)
– Officials of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho had a working session with a delegation of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) on May 11 to discuss the urban flood proofing and drainage programme for adaptation to climate change (FPP) that is being implemented in the region.

Programme Director Tim McGrath said the FPP is coordinating with many agencies to carry out research and support activities in multiple socio-economic aspects while studying special mechanisms and policies for the sustainable development of the Mekong Delta and its Ca Mau Peninsula sub-region.

He noted that the GIZ is working with the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) on the implementation of a new programme from 2021 to 2025 in the 13 provincial-level localities of the Mekong Delta at a total cost of some 13-15 million EUR (14-16 million USD).

This new programme will consist of three parts with the first one on State management that will continue supporting regional connectivity, the second on coordination mechanisms for the region, and the third on inter-provincial infrastructure.

At the meeting, Vice Chairman of the Can Tho People’s Committee Dao Anh Dung said transport, logistics, irrigation, and anti-erosion and subsidence are the issues that the Mekong Delta currently needs inter-provincial projects on to boost the region’s common development. He asked the GIZ to reconsider mechanisms and policies on regional connectivity, council and management to help solve these problems.

Can Tho is ready to cooperate with the GIZ in studies, surveys and information sharing so that the programme can assist the city in line with both sides’ requirements, he noted.

The official added that as his city is making flood drainage planning, building anti-flooding structures and devising a development plan for 2021-2030, it hopes to take part in the urban flood proofing and drainage programme that the GIZ is assisting Mekong Delta localities with./.