ADB projects help boost inclusive tourism, health service delivery in Vietnam

Monday, 2018-12-10 17:34:02
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Cua Lo beach in Nghe An province will benefit from the newly-approved US$45 million ADB project. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a US$45 million loan to help Vietnam transform its secondary towns into more economically inclusive, competitive tourism destinations.

The Second Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Tourism Infrastructure for Inclusive Growth Project will construct climate-resilient transport and urban infrastructure needed to boost tourist arrivals and tourism services investment in Hoa Binh, Nghe An, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, and Thua Thien-Hue provinces.

It will also develop green urban spaces and public beaches in the localities, where the project is expected to benefit 168,000 residents and more than eight million visitors annually.

The project will upgrade approximately 31 km of urban-rural roads and 13 passenger piers to provide visitors and residents with convenient access to cultural and historic sites in all of the participating provinces. To help Nghe An’s Cua Lo town attract more and higher-spending visitors year-round and to adapt to climate change, the project will rehabilitate a 5.5-km seawall and beachfront drainage, improve public recreation areas, and expand the market space for local vendors. Quang Tri’s Cua Viet and Cua Tung beaches will also benefit from similar investments.

Using training, certification programmes and policy incentives, the project will also help ensure that tourism management in project areas meets the standards set by ASEAN.

The ADB has recently approved a US$100 million project to help improve healthcare in disadvantaged areas in Vietnam. (Photo for illustration)

Meanwhile, another package worth over US$100 million has been approved by ADB to support the Government of Vietnam’s reform effort to improve health service delivery and the quality of healthcare providers, especially in disadvantaged border areas.

The financing package includes a US$88.6 million policy-based loan, which will provide budget support to the Ministry of Health, as it implements complex reforms in key areas nationwide, including public investment governance, health service delivery, and health workforce quality in the local health care systems.

A US$12 million grant, meanwhile, will complement those reforms by piloting health service delivery models in 12 districts in six provinces with high poverty rates, large minority populations, and susceptibility to health security threats.

The ADB’s programme sets the target that, by 2024, twelve district hospitals in the six provinces will have essential medical equipment to diagnose infectious and noncommunicable diseases. The grant will strengthen health security and implement health services delivery models which are more responsive to the needs of the population, along with electronic health records.

It will also contribute to regional cooperation in health security through the ongoing GMS health security project and the recently endorsed GMS regional health cooperation strategy.