Australia and Denmark invest in Vietnam

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Diplomats from Australia and Denmark have announced a series of projects they plan to fund in Vietnam.

On Wednesday, the Danish government extended their support for a research program in Vietnam through 2013.

Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Viet Thanh attended the joint signing ceremony with Danish Ambassador John Nielson.

The next phase of the project will focus on climate change research and applied technology.

The Danish government announced that they plan to invest roughly $8 million into the project through 2013.

The following day, the Australian Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City, announced that they'd recently spent approximately VND300 million (around AUD15,000) for two small-scale development projects in Kon Tum and Gia Lai provinces.

"Through this funding we are able to support the long standing work of provincial People's Committees, non-government organizations (local and international), community organisations, local hospitals and schools to assist low income and disadvantaged communities," said Australian Consul-General Graeme Swift, who presented the funding this week during a visit to the area.

A primary school project in Kon Tum Province received approximately VND200 million to build a new classroom and toilet. In Gia Lai Province, the Gia Lai Social Welfare Center received VND100 million to purchase stainless steel beds and cabinets for a local health clinic. 

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