On the afternoon of October 30, 2020, in Hanoi, the Minister of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) Tran Hong Ha received and worked with Ms. Carolyn Tuck, the new Country Director of the World Bank in Vietnam.

Referring to specific projects, Ms. Carolyn Tuck said that, in June 2020, the World Bank approved the project loan “The Second Green Growth and Climate Change Policy Development Program” for Vietnam. WB hopes that the project will soon complete the necessary procedures to facilitate the signing of the Financing Agreement as soon as possible.

In the field of land administration, the World Bank has financed the Project of Strengthening Land Management and Land Database. It is expected that by the end of 2021, 229 districts will complete the database development.

Proposing to Mrs. Carolyn Tuck, the Minister suggested that, in 2021-2022, the World Bank could support the Ministry to amend the Land Law – a very important law of Vietnam, having an impact on political, economic, social activities of the country. Along with that, the World Bank continues to help Vietnam cope with climate change. In the Mekong Delta, the World Bank should focus on inter-regional and inter-provincial projects with radical characteristics, avoiding subdivision; especially developing multi-purpose infrastructure systems such as centralized water supply works, restructuring according to natural ecosystems.

“In addition, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment also needs the World Bank to help develop climate change response plans for the Northwest, Central Highlands and Central coastal regions. The Ministry needs support to strengthen the capacity of hydro-meteorological warning and forecasting as well as support the implementation of the Law on Environmental Protection. For the area of ​​marine and island resources, the World Bank can together with the MONRE to develop marine spatial planning, integrated coastal zone management planning for 29 coastal localities…” The Minister suggested.

Recognizing the opinion of the Minister, the new Country Director of the World Bank in Vietnam affirmed, will work specifically with the units to identify new cooperation content in the coming period, in the spirit of readiness. World Bank is willing to accompany, help Vietnam recover green and develop sustainably./.

Source: Tống Minh – Khương Trung, Here

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