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Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Truc Son hosting the GIZ expert delegation

13/10/2020 08:00 |

​On the afternoon of October 7, 2020, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Truc Son hosted an expert delegation of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) led by Dr. Tim McGrath to discuss a cooperation program on response to climate change in the Mekong Delta. Also joining the meeting were leaders from related departments and branches.

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An overview of the meeting. (Photo by Truong Hung)

At the meeting, the GIZ experts briefly introduced to the host delegates a proposed plan for the cooperation program to respond to climate change, including 4 phases: Launch of cooperation program; urban management to adapt to climate change; assistance for planning; natural disaster prevention and fighting, and risks mitigation. The cooperation program will start to kick-off in early 2021.

Each stage of cooperation includes many assistance activities done by GIZ to the province, such as: Organizing a kick-off workshop, after which a provincial steering committee will be set up to run the cooperation program; formulating plans to respond to climate change and prevent natural disasters; prioritizing investment projects in climate-sensitive urban infrastructure; supporting training for capacity building on natural disaster prevention and fighting for urban communities; propagandizing natural disaster risks management, propagandizing to raise awareness among officials and the people about climate change responding and natural disaster prevention and fighting; researching and proposing solutions to build a database for storage of statistical data of damages caused by natural disasters; supporting statistics and calculation of damages caused by natural disasters, etc.

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Dr. Tim McGrath speaking at the meeting. (Photo by Truong Hung)

Speaking at the meeting, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Truc Son agreed with the draft plan on the activities of each stage, in which the kick-off stage had two most important contents including the organization of the kick-off workshop and the establishment of a provincial steering committee with 3 deputy heads, and members comprised of representatives from major state agencies and associations and unions. Then a field survey would be conducted and assessment of the current situation would be made.

For phase 2, urban management to adapt to climate change, the Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee suggested GIZ to shorten the time of activities implementation, at the latest before June, 2022, when the province completes the formulation of provincial development plan to 2030, with a vision to 2050, and submits it to the Central Government for approval.

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Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee Nguyen Truc Son making remarks. (Photo by Truong Hung)

Phase 3, the Vice Chairman of the Provincial People’s Committee requested GIZ to advise on formulation of plans that should be consistent with the province’s periodical and annual socio-economic development plans. It is necessary to pay attention to the provincial orientation of development towards the East and its focus on development of marine economy. Especially, there would be a coastal traffic axis connecting Ho Chi Minh City to Mekong Delta provinces to be built in near future, which can be based on for appropriate advice.

With phase 4, natural disaster risk prevention, control and mitigation, the Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee requested GIZ to pay attention to and study the automatic water quality monitoring systems being implemented, which is supported by IFAD and JICA, for more information and bases to do research and consultancy to support the province.

The Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee assigned the Department of Planning and Investment, acting as the focal point, together with relevant departments and agencies to work closely with GIZ to ensure the good implementation of the cooperation program.

Written and translated by Truong Hung

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