The United Nations will provide a non-refundable aid of 1.1 million USD for Vietnam to implement its national target programme on building new-style rural areas.

To this effect, a project was signed between representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and some UN bodies, including the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), in Hanoi on March 7.

The 1.39 million USD project will be implemented in three years from March 2014. It aims to provide technical assistance for Vietnam ’s target programme in order to promote the potential of rural areas.

It will coordinate donors, agencies and experts via the ministry’s International Support Group (ISG) while forming a legal framework to increase public involvement through the co-management system and public-private partnership.

Speaking at the ceremony, MARD Deputy Minister Tran Thanh Nam said that after three years of implementating the target programme, Vietnam is facing numerous difficulties in coordinating activities from the central to local levels.

He expressed his belief that the project will help Vietnam accomplish the programme.

Acting UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Arthur Erken pledged support for Vietnam to boost people-centred rural development, thus contributing to its sustainable development.-VNA