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vufo July 5th, 2009 12:15 PM

Vietnam Water Supply Development Project
The objective of the Urban Water Supply development Project is to improve water, and household sanitation services in district towns, and large urban centers in ways that are financially, and environmentally sustainable, thus enhancing the health, and economic potential of resident households. The "competition route" component will expand service to currently un-served district towns, to be delivered in three steps: (a) preparation of sub-projects; (b) design and construction of facilities; and, (c) operation of completed water supply facilities. In the "performance route" component, investment funds will be available to water supply companies (WSCs) which achieve defined levels of performance based on the results of a 2002 benchmark exercise, a performance that will determine the type of investments WSC can make with project funds. Funds will cover design and construction of water supply facilities. The third component - non-subsidized WSS lending facility - will complement the development of broad infrastructure finance instruments, by offering non-subsidized, long-term project loans that focus on water supply and sanitation. Through preparatory work with the International Development Association (IDA), the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and the Development Assistance Fund (DAF) it has been agreed to spearhead this initiative. DAF is a Government policy-lending institution that has been providing direct loans to several provincial water supply companies. DAF will act as a catalyst for providing medium- to long-term non-subsidized project loans to the water supply sector. Building capacity in the sector is the fourth component, designed to improve performance by providing WSCs with practical tools to tackle sectoral problems, and act as a foundation for wider application in the country. Finally, managing project implementation, the fifth component, will address the overall management of project implementation, under the responsibility of the Central Project Unit (CPU).

vufo July 5th, 2009 01:11 PM

Resettlement plan
The objective of the resettlement policy for Urban Water Supply Development Project in Vietnam is to ensure that all project affected persons (PAP'S) will be compensated for their losses at replacement cost and provided with rehabilitation measures to assist them to improve, or at least maintain, their pre-project living standards and income earning capacity. Some of the negative impacts and their mitigation measures are as follows:

1) acquisition of land and other assets, and resettlement of people will be minimized as much as possible;

2) all PAPs residing, working, doing business or cultivating land within the recovered area under the Project as of the cut-of-date are entitled to be provided with rehabilitation measures sufficient to assist them to improve or at least maintain their pre-Project living standards, income earning capacity and production levels. Lack of legal rights to the assets lost will not bar the PAPs from entitlement to such rehabilitation measures;

3) replace premise and agricultural land will be as nearby as possible to the land that was lost, and acceptable to the PAP. In case of minor fractions of land cash compensation may apply;

4) plans for acquisition of land and other assets and provision of rehabilitation measures will be carried out in consultation with the PAPs to ensure minimal disturbance. Entitlements will be provided to PAPs no later than one month prior to expected start-up of works at the respective project site.

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