The central province of Thua Thien-Hue has made the most of foreign assistance and helped locals settle their lives with internationally funded projects, a local official has said.

Standing Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Ngo Hoa took centre stage at a workshop in Thua Thien-Hue on November 26 to call for more socio-economic development aid from global and non-governmental organisations, saying that he highly values their past cooperation with the locality.

Since 2005, foreign NGOs have offered Thua Thien-Hue 35 billion VND (1.6 million USD) in aid which went to poverty reduction, environmental protection, capacity enhancement and community development projects, including a European community-funded project that has built 450 storm-resistant houses along Tam Giang–Cau Hai lagoon, a low-lying area.

Others involving tourism promotion, response to climate change and natural disasters have also been financed with hundreds of thousands of USD from Bridge Asia Japan, the Centre for Social Research & Development, and the US Aid Agency for International Development.-VNA