Vietnam Funds Social Projects in Laos and Cambodia
Vietnam has funded infrastructure projects in the two neighboring countries and granted numerous social projects.
|At the inaugural ceremony of the processing plant. Photo: VNA
The Vietnam-Laos and Laos-Vietnam cooperation committees on March 22 started the construction of an agricultural technique and services center in Xaysomboun province, which is funded by Vietnamese non-refundable aid.
With a total investment of LAK 64 billion (USD 5.54 million), the center is expected to complete it after two years.
The heads of the two committees, Vietnamese Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung and Lao Minister of Planning and Investment Khamjane Vongphosy said on the occasion that the project is a meaningful gift from the Vietnamese Government to Xaysomboun, which was established only eight years ago and is facing many difficulties.
|At the inaugural ceremonies for Xaysomboun's provincial military school. Photo: MPI
The two ministers then attended the inaugural ceremonies for Xaysomboun's provincial military school and farm produce and herbal material processing plant, also built with Vietnamese aid.
The school was built in October 2019 with a budget of nearly USD 6.7 million, and a processing plant cost of about USD 1.6 million.
|At the inauguration ceremony of the drug treatment and rehabilitation center in Preah Sihanouk. Photo: VNA
On the same day, a drug treatment and rehabilitation center was inaugurated in Cambodia’s coastal province of Preah Sihanouk, with part of its funding presented by Vietnam.
Cambodian Deputy Prime Minister Ke Kim Yan emphasized that the illegal use of drugs has affected the socio-economic and human resources development of many countries worldwide.
Cambodian competent forces seized nearly 4.7 tonnes of drugs last year, and nearly 166 tonnes of substances used for the production of synthetic drugs in January 2022.
Ke Kim Yan, who is also Chairman of the National Authority for Combating Drugs, said more than 16,260 drug addicts have been under the monitoring of Cambodian competent agencies over the past time, of whom nearly 7,500 have received treatment and vocational training, and reintegrated into the society.
|The total cost for the whole project is over USD 7.4 million, of which the Government of Vietnam donates USD 3 million, Thailand aids USD 1 million. Photo: VNA
Covering 20ha in Stung Hao district, the drug treatment and rehabilitation center would accommodate around 1,200 people. It was constructed at a cost of more than USD 7.4 million, of which USD 3 million came from the Vietnamese government and USD 1 million is from Thailand.
The Cambodian government took the occasion to thank the governments of Vietnam and other countries, organizations, and individuals for their support in the construction.
In his remarks, the Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Nguyen Huy Tang stressed that the center demonstrates cooperation between the two countries in drug rehabilitation and social affairs in general.
Vietnam stands ready to further cooperate and share its experience with Cambodia in drug rehabilitation as well as vocational training for drug addicts, he affirmed.
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