HA NOI (VNS) — The ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the Viet Nam Bomb and Mine Action Centre (VBMAC) was held yesterday in the Thach That District of Ha Noi.
Located in the Thach Hoa Commune, the project covers a total area of 52,400sq.m and involves a total investment of VND415 billion (US$19.3 million), of which VND213 billion will be drawn from South Korea's ODA funds.
The project includes the construction of a commanding house, bomb and mine museum, specialists' accommodation, logistics area, dormitory, lecture hall, and laboratory and other areas. The project is due to become operational in 2018.
Addressing the inaugural ceremony, Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai said the work was important in resolving the aftermath of the post-war bombs and mines, serving the national socio-economic development cause and contributing to enhancing the performance capacity of the centre.
Since its inception in line with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung's approval in March 2014, VNMAC has received due attention, as well as considerable assistance from South Korea, the United States, Hungary, international organisations and NGOs for not only the construction process, but also for the future activities of the centre, Hai said.
"Viet Nam would like to receive further support and closer co-operation from other countries and organisations for tackling the impact of bombs and mines in the country," the Deputy PM added.
"We are convinced that co-operation and assistance in dealing with the impact of bombs and mines would make a crucial contribution to intensifying the collaboration among countries for common peace, stability, sustainable development and prosperity of the region and the world."
"The work is of overriding importance in resolving the aftermath of post-war bombs and mines, serving the national socio-economic development cause and contributing to enhancing the performance capacity of the centre."
Praising and assessing the efforts, as well as the responsibility of VNMAC, Deputy Minister of Defence, Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Chi Vinh, said the effective performance of the centre and the assistance of foreign countries and organisations would be a decisive factor in the success of the centre in the future.
Speaking at the event, the United States, South Korean and Japanese diplomats also commended the efforts and interest of Vietnamese leadership and competent sectors in tackling the impact of war-time bombs and mines.
On April 21, 2010, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had promulgated a Decision, giving the go-ahead for the National Action Programme to tackle the impact of post-war bombs and mines during the 2010 to 2025 period, which is known as Programme 504. This also helped mobilise internal and external resources for speeding up work, contributing to the national socio-economic development and realising national objectives.
Under the management of Ministry of Defence, VBMAC is responsible for carrying out the National Action Programme's duties and international co-operation, as well as garner finance for tackling the impact of war-time bombs and mines in Viet Nam. — VNS