The Japanese government Friday pledged to provide non-refundable aid of nearly US$200,000 for two educational projects in Dong Nai and Ninh Thuan provinces.
The agreements were signed at the Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City by acting Consul General Tetsumi Murata, Ngo Phan Anh Tuan, Director of Dinh Quan District Vocational Training Center in Dong Nai and Nguyen Thanh Binh, head of Ninh Phuoc District's Education and Training Department in Ninh Thuan.
Under the first agreement, the Japanese government will fund or a project with more than over US$ 91,000 to buy four kinds of advanced machine tools for the vocational training center which provides residents in the province's remote areas with vocational training.
The other agreement will grant more than US$104,000 for a project to rebuild a local primary school. The funds will be used to build a two-storey building with six classrooms at the Hoa Thanh primary school, built 30 years ago. They will also be used to purchase necessary materials for the school to provide a better educational environment for its pupils.
The agreements fall under the Japanese government-funded Grant Assistance for Grassroots and Human Security Projects (GGP). Since 1995, the Consulate-General of Japan in HCMC has signed grant contracts for 112 projects in Vietnam's southern and central provinces worth a total of about US$8 million.