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Major urbanisation effort underway in northern mountainous region

Update: January, 22/2015 - 08:07
A key traffic route was built in northern Tuyen Quang Province. Tuyen Quang is among seven provinces carried out urban infrastructure projects of the US$301 million worth programme. — VNA/VNS Photo The Duyet

THAI NGUYEN (VNS) — Construction of five urban infrastructure projects in Thai Nguyen kicked off yesterday, officially putting in motion the US$301 million National Urban Development Programme in the Northern Mountainous Region (NUDNMR).

Thai Nguyen was the first city to carry out the programme. Other cities and towns in Bac Kan, Cao Bang, Dien Bien, Hoa Binh, Tuyen Quang and Yen Bai provinces will follow after they complete the necessary land clearance.

"These construction projects will improve urban infrastructure and environmental sanitation and raise the living standard of local residents," Deputy Prime Minister Hoang Trung Hai said at the construction launching ceremony.

He added that the programme would also strengthen the capacity of participating provinces to plan, implement and sustain urban infrastructure.

"This will be a great motivation for sustainable socio-economic development in the cities and towns in the region," said Hai.

World Bank Country Director for Viet Nam Victoria Kwakwa said that experiences gathered from implementing the programme would help form an effective model to apply in other cities and towns across the country, in which infrastructure investment would come hand-in-hand with enhancing authorities' urban management capacity.

NUDNMR is the second programme in Viet Nam to implement the Programme-for-Result financing model, which links the disbursement of funds directly to the delivery of results.

The programme has $250 million in funding from the World Bank and about $51.8 million from the Vietnamese Government. — VNS

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