WB Country Director in Vietnam Ousmane Dione speaks at the workshop in Dong Thap province on September 22 (Photo: VNA)

Dong Thap (VNA) – Inclusive growth is one of the main focuses of the new Country Partnership Framework between Vietnam and the World Bank Group (WBG) for 2017-2022 which was announced at a workshop in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap on September 22.

Other priorities are private sector participation, investment in people and knowledge, environmental sustainability and resilience, and good governance.

The Country Partnership Framework (CPF) introduces a number of strategic shifts, including comprehensive engagement to strengthen private sector development and participation across sectors; support to achieve the financial sustainability of public services and transfers; support of poverty reduction among ethnic minorities through activities that generate jobs and incomes; multi-sector engagement to strengthen linkages between education and the labor market; and promotion and stimulation of low carbon energy generation.

Through the CPF, the WBG will assist Vietnam in carrying out its five-year Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2016-2020 and its goals of balancing economic prosperity with environmental sustainability, promoting equity, and strengthening the capacity and accountability of state agencies.

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Addressing the event, WB Country Director in Vietnam Ousmane Dione pledged that the WBG will mobilise all its institutions – the WB, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), as well as available instruments in order to create strategic changes like lending, policy dialogue, analytical and advisory work or guarantees.

Representatives from Mekong Delta cities and provinces highly valued strategic orientations set in the new framework, saying they suit pressing requirements of their localities in the current context.

They expressed their hope for support in job generation for rural labourers in response to adverse impacts of technological applications in agriculture, along with assistance in capital disbursement mechanisms and procedures, and capital access in order to carry out infrastructure, transport and water projects.-VNA