Official development assistance (ODA) sources provided for the central province of Thua Thien-Hue have been used effectively, especially in developing local infrastructure facilities.

Since 2014, the locality has implemented 16 ODA projects worth over 3 trillion VND (138 million USD), about 60.6 percent of which has been disbursed.

A technical assistance project to improve the planning of Hue city through 2030 funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) is currently a provincial highlight.

The municipal authorities also have approved a number of projects related to medical service improvement, disaster adaptation and sustainable tourism development, which received financial aid from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), the Asia Development Bank (ADB), the Italian Government, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the International Labour Organisation and KOICA.

Japan is one of the locality’s largest ODA providers, focusing on water supply, electricity, transport, irrigation and forestation. Meanwhile, the country’s non-refundable capital to the province is concentrated mainly on improving healthcare service and management capacity of authorities in areas suffering from disasters.

Thua Thien-Hue is also one of the localities benefitting from a JICA-funded project to enhance the capacity of ODA management. JICA additionally offered scholarships to local leaders and officials from departments and sectors to study in Japan.

ODA projects are performed in line with current regulations on investment and construction management, significantly contributing to promoting the locality’s economic growth and social development.

Moving forward, Thua Thien-Hue will give priority to calling for ODA sources in urban development; expanding transport and communication networks; preserving cultural values; managing urban environments and conserving the natural environment; and implementing projects concerning climate change adaptation, public administration reform, human resource development and training.-VNA