November 09, 2005 11:26 ET

CIDA: Canada Supports International Development Work by SIAST

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 9, 2005) - The Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) will receive a $2.89 million contribution from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to provide technical assistance services for an initiative to improve livelihoods in Vietnam. The announcement was made today by Ralph Goodale, Minister of Finance, on behalf of Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation.

SIAST, in association with Marine Institute and Agriteam Canada, will provide technical assistance for a CIDA funded project in Vietnam's Tra Vinh province. The project will be implemented by the provincial authorities and aims to improve the living standards and the productive capacity of the rural poor in the province. The focus will be on increasing income-earning opportunities and the development of rural enterprise. The project is based on decentralized planning and will support local decision-making processes, which strengthen communities that are engaged in poverty reduction.

"Living here it's easy to take Saskatchewan's expertise in rural development and agriculture for granted, but our know-how is invaluable to many countries around the world," said Minister Goodale. "SIAST has proven itself on the international development stage. And once again, SIAST has earned the right to lead Canadian technical assistance team for this important initiative in Vietnam."

"This initiative highlights Canada's commitment to the Millennium Development Goals of eradicating poverty and hunger and building a global partnership for development," Minister Carroll said.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

Contact Information

  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534 (electronic version of document)
    Office of the Honourable Ralph Goodale
    Pat Breton
    (613) 996-3225