France and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) are assisting Viet Nam in rehabilitating and upgrading vital infrastructure in one of the poorest regions of the country to improve livelihood opportunities and the standard of living of the rural population in the area.
The Vietnamese Government has launched the Integrated Rural Development Sector Project with an estimated cost of US$ 168.2 million under which ADB will give US$ 90 million loan. The project will comprise 13 provinces in the Central Region. The project will target critical rural infrastructure that have deteriorated over past the decades due to war, natural disasters and budgetary constraints that have limited maintenance. The project will include rural roads, irrigation drainage and flood control systems, rural markets, domestic water supply schemes, and special coastal works such as sand dune stabilization, salinity intrusion prevention and mangrove rehabilitation. The project is expected to boost agricultural productivity and employment opportunities, as well as improve access to public services such as health and education.