PM and President both call for continued wide-reaching assistance to Vietnam.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and President Truong Tan Sang both expressed a desire for further support from the World Bank (WB) during different receptions in Hanoi on March 30.
Assistance is sought in resources, policy consultation and technical assistance in infrastructure, sustainable poverty reduction, healthcare, education and training and human resources training, and the response to climate change and rising sea levels.
President Sang expressed his hope that the WB would continue to speak out about the effective and sustainable use of the Mekong River’s resources.
PM Dung also spoke highly of the outcomes of WB President Jim Yong-kim’s visit to Vietnam last February and the joint work done to compile the “Vietnam 2035: Toward Prosperity, Creativity, Equity and Democracy” report covering specific recommendations for Vietnam’s development orientations.
Ms. Victoria Kwakwa, WB Country Manager in Vietnam, said it is working closely with ministries and agencies to effectively realize commitments reached during Mr. Jim’s visit and the goals set in the Vietnam report.
The WB pledges to liaise with partners in seeking a suitable roadmap for Vietnam to achieve priority development goals and ensure the State budget’s sustainability, she said.
Ms. Kwakwa’s term in Vietnam is ending soon as she is taking charge of the whole East Asia & Pacific region shortly but she committed to providing further attention and support to Vietnam.