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The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)  held a joint conference in Hanoi on January 28 reviewing the 2012–2015 targets of the national programme on clean water and environmental sanitation in rural areas.

MARD Water Resources Department Deputy Head Vu Van Thang said the programme focuses on introducing mechanisms and policies to deliver rural residents better water supply services and cleaner environments.

Clean water and environmental sanitation for rural areas

The programme will offer incentive loans to businesses and households—especially social policy beneficiaries and those living below the poverty line—to enable clean water facility installations and clean water project developments, he said.

The Australian Embassy’s Counselor Mark Palo confirmed international donors are committed to assisting the programme. He emphasised the importance of regular and comprehensive evaluations to ensure clean water and environmental sanitation projects operate at maximum efficiency.

Participants stressed the need to spend the programme’s State budget funding allocation wisely. The programme ultimately aims to secure clean water for at least 85 percent of Vietnam’s population by 2015.

(VOV)

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