The project launching workshop was held on January 12, 2018 at Sai Gon – Ninh Chu Hotel with the participation of over 150 delegates from the central ministries, WB, the four Provincial People’s Committees (PPC) and the four Project Management Units (PMU). The workshop was co-chaired by Mr. Luu Xuan Vinh, Deputy Provincial Party Secretary and PPC Chairman of Ninh Thuan Province, Mr. Achim Fock, Portfolio & Operations Manager of WB in Vietnam, Mr. Le Viet Anh, Deputy Director General of Foreign Economic Relations Department, Ministry of Planning and Investment.
At the workshop, the WB’s experts not only introduced the project overview in the four provinces but also delivered their presentations on separate subjects including Finance and Economy, Financial Management and Disbursement, Procurement, Governance and Transparency, Environmental and Social Safeguards which are addressed as the donor’s important regulations to be strictly followed by the participating provinces for further great performance of the project activities.
The project comprises 4 components with the total fund estimate of USD 273.6 million towards its objectives in increasing the access to environmental sanitation services and improving the operational performance of the sanitation utilities in the selected cities.
About 1.1 million people living in the project cities are the main beneficiaries of the Project, receiving benefits from improved sanitation and enhanced connectivity/transport; the tourism sector will also benefit from urban environmental improvement investments and reduction in flooding risk, pollution, sanitation and people health-related issues.
The project in Ninh Thuan is financed an investment of USD 87.9 million (approx. VND 2,000 billion) and expectedly implemented in 16 communes / wards of Phan Rang - Thap Cham city. Implementation for Capacity Development and ODA Water Resources Projects in Ninh Thuan Province (MCDU) is the investor.
In the chain of launching workshop events from January 10 – 12, 2018 in Ninh Thuan, the WB Task Team had separate working sessions on institutional, technical and financial issues with MCDU staff and the concerned provincial departments/agencies and paid field visit to the proposed works in the project.