Tran Anh Tuan, Vice Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said Quang Nam is among the localities severely hit by wars, with 6,300 victims of Agent Orange (AO)/dioxin.

Up to 226 communes in Quang Nam, which make up 34.6% of the provincial area, have been affected by war-left unexploded ordnance, he added.

The official attributed contribution of U.S. investors to the province's socio-economic development, saying Quang Nam is now home to eight U.S. projects with a total investment capital of nearly USD 21 million, mostly in electronics, garment-textile, education and catering services.

Mr. Tran Anh Tuan (right) presenting a gift to Mr. Grant Townsend Coates (Photo:

Notably, during the 2016-2020 period, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded about USD 15 million to help Quang Nam roll out the Truong Son Xanh project on climate change response, he continued.

Besides, 21 U.S. organizations are also helping Quang Nam with projects and programs on agricultural and rural development, health care and education with accumulative funding of more than USD 3 million, Tuan said, highlighting a project on bomb and mine clearance in the province.

The official expressed his hope that the VVA will continue its assistance to Vietnam in the implementation of humanitarian projects relating to the settlement of war consequences, particularly the support to AO victims.

For his part, Coates pledged that his committee will work harder to collect information about Vietnamese soldiers and victims who died during the war, and propose the U.S. government pay more attention to AO victims, helping heal war wounds and bring the two countries closer.

Source: VNA