Denmark pledges $57 mln in ODA for VN in 2013

The Danish Government will provide $57 million in official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam in 2013.

Danish Ambassador John Nielsen released the information at a press briefing to announce Denmark’s prioritised activities in Vietnam next year.

The continued provision of ODA to Vietnam reflects Denmark’s commitment to assist Vietnam to build a green and sustainable economy, Nielsen said.

Next year, Denmark and Vietnam will implement a strategic cooperation agreement on green growth, climate change and energy saving.

The European country will provide an additional $14 million to improve energy saving and efficiency in small- and medium-sized enterprises in Vietnam’s construction sector.

Besides, the tripartite cooperation agreement between Vietnam, the Republic of Korea and Denmark will include assistance to build a master plan to implement Vietnam’s green economic growth.

According to Nielsen, Denmark will continue to prioritise support for Vietnam’s legal reform, strengthening capacity of legislative bodies and administrative reforms.

The diplomat described Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt’s Vietnam visit in November as a highlight of the two countries’ relations in 2012.

Denmark is one of the earliest western European countries to provide ODA to Vietnam after the two nations established diplomatic ties in 1971, and is listed among the largest non-refundable ODA providers to the Southeast Asian country.

It has provided more than $1 billion in ODA to Vietnam since 1972, focusing on infrastructure construction, poverty reduction, sustainable development, administrative reform, environmental protection, coping with climate change and support to small- and medium-sized enterprises

Source VIR/VNA