Provincial People’s Committee signed an agreement with MAG

Monday - 25/06/2018 22:46
(Quang Tri Web) On January 12th, 2018, the Provincial People's Committee and Mines Advisory Group (MAG) from the United Kingdom signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the implementation of Community Liaison and UXO Clearance projects phase VI (2018 - 2020). Attendants at the signing ceremony included Mr. Mai Thuc, Standing Vice-President of the People's Committee - Head of Legacy of War Steering Committee, leaders of the Provincial People's Committee, Department of Foreign Affairs, Planning and Investment, Provincial Military Command from the province together with Mr. Simon Rea, National Director of MAG Vietnam and experts and associates from MAG.
Community Liaison and Clearance of UXO Clearance Project in Quang Tri Province Phase VI, 1/2018 - 12/2020 by MAG is directly funded by the US Department of State and some other donors. This project will continue, based on the success of 05 projects that MAG has implemented since 1999 until now in partnership with Quang Tri Provincial People’s Committee.
Appreciating the preparation for the signing of the agreement, Mr. Simon Rea said that Quang Tri still needed more landmine, UXO clearance and funding. Over the past years, with the active coordination of the province, the departments, agencies and individuals, MAG had cleared 44,443,964 m2 of land in 1,273 villages; The number of explosives found and destroyed was 176,709; the number of EODs was 47,792 cases; 639,298 people had benefited from MAG. This had brought practical meaning for both parties.
Mr. Mai Thuc, Standing Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee also emphasized: According to statistics, Quang Tri is the top province in which there were mines left over after the war; 80% land area in Quang Tri is contaminated with mines and explosives. Over the years, with the support of non-governmental organizations and projects, especially MAG, Quang Tri had cleared many areas of land, brought clean land for people to cultivate, invested in the infrastructure to ensure safe lives for people.
Expressing the gratitude to MAG, Mr. Mai Thuc, Standing Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee wished MAG would continue to support and help Quang Tri deploy the project. He was committed to cooperate and create favorable conditions for MAG to operate in the localities.
Accepting the terms, the two sides signed an agreement. Accordingly, phase VI of the project will be implemented in 03 years (2018 - 2020) with the budget of non-refundable aid of 12,297,184 USD. There will be 21 clearance teams, two multi-task teams, three community liaison teams and six clearance support teams, and a training and support unit in charge of internal quality control and the entire field activities in Vietnam.
The project objective is to remove and destroy cluster munitions and unexploded ordnance that threaten the lives and daily activities of the people of Quang Tri Province; to support and facilitate community development by handling unexploded ordnance; to improve the information management and collection by using digital mapping equipment and mobile data acquisition equipment; to exploit technology and initiatives to promote the clearance of cluster bombs and unexploded ordnance; to raise awareness on issues related to mines and unexploded bombs to people and tourists to Quang Tri; to implement mine risk education to raise awareness of the community about the dangers of mines and mines and decrease the damage caused by mines and bombs; to strengthen the financing platform for Quang Tri Province by attracting new funding through practical innovation if possible.
Project outputs include: completion of nearly 5,000 processing tasks; Approximately 50 million m2 of land cleared; removing and destroying more than 42,000 types of unexploded ordnance; deploying more than 350 mine risk education sessions; more than 4,000 people attended mine risk education sessions. In addition, the outputs also include survey and relocation of dangerous materials; pre and post impact assessments; capacity building in the field of operation and management of the organization for Vietnamese staff. More than 85,000 people will benefit from the project.

Author: Van Anh

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