|Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh receives WB Country Director Victoria Kwakwa in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Pham Kien
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Vu Van Ninh has asked the World Bank (WB) to continue to support Viet Nam, especially the two national target programmes that the National Assembly has just approved on new-style rural building and sustainable poverty reduction.
Speaking to the WB Country Director Victoria Kwakwa in Ha Noi yesterday, Ninh hailed the WB's assistance for Viet Nam in loans, technology and policy consultation, particularly in the fields of hunger eradication and poverty reduction.
The deputy PM said 1,500 communes nationwide had been recognised as new-style rural areas, adding that Viet Nam targets to have 50 per cent of all communes nationwide meeting standards for new-style rural areas by 2020.
However, the work was facing great difficulties in mountainous and ethnic minority areas where only 7.8 per cent of communes were recognised as new-style rural areas, the Deputy PM said.
Kwakwa informed Deputy PM Ninh about the results of working sessions between the WB and ministries and agencies on the two programmes.
She said with experience in implementing numerous projects, the WB would propose new initiatives to help Viet Nam realise the two programmes, and pledged that the WB would stand with the country to access preferential loans. — VNS