The Japanese government has provided two districts of Vietnam’s Kien Giang and Khanh Hoa Provinces with aid totaling more than US$245,000 for bridge-building projects and medical equipment. The non-refundable aid, sourced from the Japan’s Grassroots Grant Program (GGP), was announced during an aid agreement signing ceremony held at the Japanese Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday with the attendance of Consul General Ono Masuo and representatives of the two provinces. Under the agreement, three bridge construction projects in two communes in Kien Giang’s An Bien District will be funded with $83,247 for development. In addition to granting funds for large-scale infrastructure projects, the Consulate General will still keep an eye on smaller projects which need funding, the consul general said. He suggested that local authorities continue to work with the consulate general to secure funding for such projects in order to help improve the quality of life in these localities.