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Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam received Chairman of Foundation for Micro Projects in Vietnam


On 21 January 2013, at the office of the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Deputy Minister of MOLISA Nguyen Trong Dam extends a warm reception to Christopher J. Carpenter – Chairman of the Foundation for Micro projects in Vietnam (FMV). The two sides exchange views on FMV projects executed in poor rural areas of Vietnam.

     The Foundation for Micro projects in Vietnam was established in 2003 by Christopher J. Carpenter, former Representative in Vietnam of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, to provide grass-roots assistance to the poorest villages of the country as a contribution to construction of rural roads, schools, bridges, health centers and irrigation systems. Budget of each project does not exceed USD 40,000, and additional required amounts of the projects are added as local contributions.
      After 10 years of operation, nearly 100 projects are implemented throughout the country, directly respond to the necessary demands of local people in water supply, building bridges and schools for local communities.
     At the meeting, Mr. Christopher J.Carpenter informed the Deputy Minister that during this trip to Vietnam, he visited 4 projects at Kon Tum and Dak Nong provinces. Project implementation process is in good development, with 2 projects completed and started operation, and others are about to completed soon. The Chairman of the FMV appreciates the cooperation of the Ministry and concerned local authorities in project implementation, and suggests the Ministry to provide close monitoring to the 2 project with construction works in progress to ensure their timely completion. The Chairman also hopes to have further cooperation from the ministry in future projects to help reducing hardships and difficulties to support the poor.
     Deputy Minister Nguyen Trong Dam appreciates and extends his sincere thanks to FMV, especially to the Chairman for what FMV have been doing to the poor Vietnamese. Though all FMV projects do not require big budgets, their results are meaningful and create huge positive impacts to beneficiaries in improving their living and working conditions, facilitating poverty elimination activities in very poor areas. The Deputy Minister hopes that the cooperation between the two sides will be stronger and durable, and the ministry commits to provide favorable conditions to completion of the projects through that to support the local people.  
     On the occasion of local Tet of Vietnam, the Deputy Minister sent best and good health wishes to the Chairman, and hope he keeps going stronger with his activities so more poor people of Vietnam could become beneficiaries of the Carpenter projects.