On the morning of September 24th 2018, Mr. Dao Cong Thien - Vice Chairman of Khanh Hoa provincial People's Committee chaired the meeting with the working delegation of the Asian Development Bank lead by Mr. David Saler - Senior Expert in Manila - Philippine about CRIEM project preparation.
Illustrative picture. Photo: baokhanhhoa.vn.
At the meeting, Mr. David Saler reported and appreciated the second mission of the proposed subproject of Khanh Hoa Province under the project "Building infrastructure to adjust to climate change for ethnic minorities"(CRIEM); To announce ADB support contents for Khanh Hoa province; explain the responsibilities of the provincial people’s committee and the Department of Planning and Investment in the preparation and implementation of the project; clarify the eligibility criteria, select and priority of the subproject; confirm the Government's policy to approve the project proposal, financial and technical capacity of the province to fully cooperate with the ADB project preparatory consultants; Agree on the important time of the project preparation phase.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr. Dao Cong Thien expressed his happiness at ADB's interest in supporting the CRIEM project in Khanh Hoa. At the same time, he agreed with the proposal of the consultative group on two investment modules on transport and irrigation in order to increase the income of people in ethnic minority villages. As for Module 3, it is proposed that the beneficiaries should be expanded to include all people in the province, including ethnic minority people. Mr. Dao Cong Thien also committed that Khanh Hoa Province will send qualified staff to cooperate with ADB's consultant team to study and survey in Khanh Hoa after the decision of project is approval by the Government of Vietnam.
It is known that, in June 2018, Khanh Hoa province has proposed 6 sub-projects on transport and irrigation of CRIEM project in the districts of Khanh Son, Khanh Vinh, Cam Lam. However, through the review, ADB's second mission delegation and Ethnic Minorities Committee removed two sub-projects and requested to supply information to complete the four sub-projects and supplement one sub-project. Total estimated investment is 24.56 million USD, for 14,409 direct beneficiaries, of which there are about 8,900 ethnic minority people. Besides funding for transport and irrigation (modules 1 and 2), ADB also proposes implementing Module 3 with the following contents: Assessing the climate change response in the area of minority people (database, capacity of staff, equipment ...), which identifies the needed activities to strengthen or enhance the capacity for analysis, warning and respond for climate change.