PIM CENTER IS THE FIRST ONE TO CARRIES OUT THE CONSULTATIVE FUNCTION OF PARTICIPATORY IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT IN VIETNAM
Mr. Diep Kinh Tan
Vice Minister of MARD
Excellency, Distinguished Guests and Colleagues,
On behalf of Minister and the leaders of MARD, I would like to share the happiness with the establishment of the PIM center. This is indeed another important step in the process of multi-purpose water sector development toward socialization “Government and Farmers work together”, “Participatory Irrigation Management”.
According to the presentation of Minister Cao Duc Phat, he highlighted the role of water sector, the strengths and weakness in irrigation management at two different levels; state management organizations (Irrigation Management Companies), and farmer management organizations (water users organisations) and the role of the farmers in irrigation management (PIM - Participatory Irrigation Management).
Therefore, I would like to highlight the position and role of PIM Center that established according to the Decision 4579/QĐ/BNN-TCCB dated 22/12/2004.
PIM Center is first one that carries out the consultative function of Participatory Irrigation Management in Vietnam.
PIM Center also as another units belong to Vietnam PIM network (VNPIM) as a member. This Center carries out the consultative function and support VNPIM in order to consult MARD supervisor and carry out the state management function in whole country.
Therefore, there is the close relationship between PIM Center and VNPIM in operation in order to avoid the overlapped functions assigned by MARD.
According to the speech by Director of Vietnam Institute for Water Resources Research, and also Director of PIM Center, the Institute has nominated experience and competent staffs for PIM Center in order to carry out the consultative functions in PIM.
However, in order to operate effectively the PIM Center need to receive the support, and coordination with international organizations, NGOs, related agencies at central and local levels in different aspects such as experience, financial etc. in order to complete successfully four main functions assigned by MARD:
1. Researching and synthesizing experiences on drafting regulations, organization and implementation institutions and policies on PIM, IMT and capacity building on management, operation and maintenance
2. Consulting and guiding WUOs’ establishment, O&M irrigation infrastructures with PIM approach
3. Consulting and participating in PIM related projects
4. Organizing workshops, training courses, on PIM/PIM policies, on new technology application in O&M, experiences exchanges on irrigation management, to support local authorities and farmers in effective management of irrigation systems.
Though opening ceremony, with the representatives from international and national organizations, related agencies in MARD and outside MARD at central and local levels, I would like to PIM Center receive the support in different aspects from above-mentioned organization in order to contribute to water sector development, sustainable rural development.
One again, on behalf of Minister and the leaders of MARD, I would deeply expect that PIM Center achieve the successes, good health for all of you. Thank you very much for your attention.