The meeting participants were 02 PSC heads: Mr. Alain Devaux and Mr. Nguyen The Phuong; the PSC members who are representatives of the Ministries: Finance, Construction, Agriculture and Rural Development; Leadership of project management units at the 3 provinces of Ninh Thuan, Binh Thuan and Ha Tinh.
At the meeting, Mr. Pham Hoang Mai – Director of Technical Support Unit reported the project deployment progress in 2016, proposals submitted to PSC for approval and plan in 2017.
In 2016, the project has carried out 61 activities in the 3 provinces, built a set of indicators and M&E tools and supported for communication and community development plan building. In terms of disbursement, the project has disbursed 63.84% of the annual plan, the cumulative disbursement since the project commence till the end of 2016 reached 40% of the total project budget. Proposals submitted to PSC for approval include: (i) Progress Report in 2016 and Plan in 2017, (ii) Adjustment of Cash Management levels set out in the project operation mannual; and (iii) Hiring experts on urban policy to assist the Ministry of Construction in implementing the "Report on Urban Policy Assessment in Vietnam".
Through the report, the members asked PSC to consider measures to speed up disbursement progress in the provinces. In conclusion, PSC approved the plan in 2017. The PSC Head – Mr. Alain Devaux pledged the TSU technical advisors will support the provinces to accelerate the disbursement process and simplify the technical assessment processes for project strengthening in the provinces.