Agreement To Speed Up Approval Process For The Danish Mixed Credits In Vietnam

During this year’s annual review, Denmark and Vietnam found that projects under the Danish Mixed Credit scheme have been experiencing long and slow processing time. In order to speed up the process, it was agreed to set deadlines for these projects.

A mission from the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited Vietnam from 15 to 19 September 2008 to undertake an annual review of the Danish Mixed Credit scheme with the Vietnamese authorities.

The objective of the review was to evaluate progress of the projects under the Mixed Credit programme for the last year. Currently, there are 12 projects in total. One project is under implementation which is building a drainage and sanitation system in Bac Giang city. Four projects were approved some time ago but had not yet started: two vocational training schools in Hai Phong and Dung Quat, TV and radio stations in Dak Lak, Lao Cai and Son La, and a water supply project in Thanh Hoa province. Two projects are under screening process and five proposals have been received recently.

The Danish mission informed the Vietnamese Ministry of Planning and Investment of the Strategic Framework 2008 for the Danish Mixed Credits scheme, under which priority would be given to the following: environment and climate change, promotion of business development and projects that achieved synergy with other Danida activities.

The two sides found that it often took several years before these projects could be implemented. In order to speed up the process, the two delegations agreed on setting deadlines to the projects. If no progress is seen within a specified period, the two parties may consider cancelling that project.



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