The disbursement rate rose from 20.79% in August to 28.73% in September and 30.75% in October, according to Phuong.
As of October 31, the disbursed volume was estimated at VND 18,089 billion in the reviewed period compared to VND12,376 billion of the same period last year, Phuong added.
Despite encouraging signals, many prolonged obstables have not bee fixed effectively such as site clearance and harmonization of between the country and donors.
Almost all ministries, agencies and localities pledged to increase their disbursement rate to 95-100% by the end of this year.
In a recent interview, World Bank Country Director Carolyn Turk said there are several reasons leading to slow implementation of World Bank funded projects, including institutional and implementation challenges in different phases of the project.
Reasons for slow implementation and disbursement include (i) approval processes which, for example, lead on average taking projects 10 months from approval to effectiveness and nearly 19 months from approval to first disbursement, (ii) delays in signing on-lending agreements between provinces and MOF, (iii) limited project readiness for implementation, for example, because of the reluctance to commence procurement processes before funds are secured”./