The United Kingdom will provide Vietnam with 70 million GBP (114.2 million USD) in non-refundable aid for the 2011-2014 period to help the country achieve Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The agreement to this effect was signed by Vietnamese Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc and UK Minister of State for International Development Alan Duncan, in Hanoi on May 26.

These MDGs will focus on primary education, HIV/AIDS prevention and programmes on environmental sanitation, beneficial growth for all sectors (private sector, business environment, and economic management), State management and climate change.

In the past, UK aid has helped Vietnam achieve MDGs in popularising primary education, raising sanitary conditions in rural areas, reducing poverty for ethnic minorities, fighting HIV/AIDS and improving management capacity for the Vietnamese Government

This was part of adjustments to the Development Partnership Agreement (DPA) between the Vietnamese government and the UK government for the 2011-2016 period./.