The central province of Quang Tri and the Korean International Cooperation Agency in Vietnam (KOICA) jointly organised a ceremony to kick off the “Happiness programme in Quang Tri” on February 6.

The event was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy Foreign Minister Ho Xuan Son, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea (RoK) to Vietnam Jun Dae Joo and KOICA Chief Representative Chang Jea Yun.

The “Happiness programme”, which targets human resources, healthcare development, hunger elimination, poverty reduction and green growth, has a total investment of 11.6 million USD, of which the RoK will offer 9.6 million USD in non-refundable aid.

The four-year programme, following the successful rural development model of the RoK’s New Villages Movement (Saemaul Undong), will benefit 7 underdeveloped communes in Quang Tri.

The project was developed under an agreement signed in May 2012 between Quang Tri and KOICA.

Back in 2001, KOICA piloted the Saemaul Undong model at Hien Luong Village in Vinh Thanh Commune with great success.-VNA