The Swiss Government will sponsor 11.231 million USD to the second phase of the Program on Public Services Provision Improvement in Agriculture and Rural Development (PS-ARD) in northern Hoa Binh and Cao Bang provinces.

An agreement to the effect was signed in Hanoi on July 5 by representatives of the two provinces and the Swiss Government.

The second phase of the programme has been deployed in 2010 and will last through 2015 at an investment capital of 14.169 million USD.

The programme is intended to enhance communal level capacity building in making socio-economic development plans and better efficient and effective decentralized public service delivery systems and processes in agriculture and rural development./.