The World Bank (WB) will provide assistance to the first phase of a project to devise a draft law on ethnic minority affairs.

A cooperation agreement to this effect was signed by Minister- Chairman of the Government’s Committee for Ethnic Affairs Giang Seo Phu, and Victoria Kwakwa, the World Bank Country Director for Vietnam, at a ceremony in Hanoi on May 25.

The agreement comprises pre-feasibility studies in a number of provinces throughout the country between July and October this year.

The development of a law on ethnic minority affairs is part of the ongoing efforts to implement the Action Plan on the Strategy on Ethnic Minority Affairs by 2020, which was approved by the Prime Minister in 2013, the Minister explained.

Meanwhile, the WB Director expressed hope that the project would help address the development challenges faced by Vietnam’s ethnic minorities, while also boosting the relationship between the WB and the Government of Vietnam.-VNA