JICA helps Da Nang map out development strategy

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has helped the central city of Da Nang design an integrated development strategy for the city and its neighbouring areas. Photo: danang The Steering Committee of the Integrated Development Strategy for Da Nang City and its Neighbouring Areas (Dacriss) held its 6th meeting in Da Nang on June 16 to hear reports by Dacriss research group. Dacriss, a technical project under the Japanese Government's official development assistance programme, gave out potential and opportunities of economic development strategy for the city and its nearby areas. It also includes visions for the central region's key economic area to become the environmental technology zone on the basis of economic development, ecological balance and national harmonisation. The project also proposes Da Nang emerge as a safe, secure and non-polluted city. It aims to ensure ecological stability, living condition improvement, poverty reduction, strong economic growth and … [Read more...]

Japan helps Da Nang map out development strategy

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has helped the central city of Da Nang design an integrated development strategy for Da Nang city and its neighbouring areas. The Steering Committee of the Integrated Development Strategy for Da Nang City and its Neighbouring Areas (Dacriss) held its 6 th meeting in Da Nang on June 16 to hear reports by Dacriss research group. Dacriss, a technical project under the Japanese Government's official development assistance programme, gave out potential and opportunities of economic development strategy for the city and its nearby areas. … [Read more...]

New railline discussed

The Steering Committee of the Integrated Development Strategy for DanangCity and Its Neighboring Areas (Dacriss) held its third meeting under the co-presidency of the Danang People's Committee and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). According to JICA, along with the Danang-Quang Ngai Highway being considered for investment by the Vietnamese government, the project to upgrade the railway connecting Danang and Hue must also be researched and considered in the coming time. (From Transport News) … [Read more...]

JICA to continue to support Danang

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On 7 August, vice-chairman of the Danang People's Committee Van Huu Chien met with Mr. Motonori Tsuno, chief-representative of the office of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Viet Nam to discuss cooperative relạtions between Danang and JICA in the coming time. Mr. Motonori reported that the Integrated Development Strategy for DanangCity and Its Neighboring Areas (DACRISS) sponsored by JICA is making good progress thanks to the close cooperation of related agencies and bodies. He said he hopes that the results of this research will benefit the overall development and planning of Danang in the future and the city will have more specific projects. He said a senior volunteer of JICA is working at the DanangHospital to maintain the equipment funded by JICA. It is planned that JICA will send more senior volunteers for production, manufacture, processing, industrial consultancy and human resources development to Viet Nam, including to Danang. Vice-chairman Chien Van … [Read more...]

Suggestions for development strategies for key central economic region

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On 16 June, the Steering Committee of the Integrated Development Strategy for DanangCity and Its Neighboring Areas (Dacriss) held its third meeting under the co-presidency of vice-chairman of the Danang People's Committee Van Huu Chien and Mr. Yoshifumi Omura, senior representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Representatives of the consultancy board and research team of JICA, the World Bank, research institutes, People's Committees of Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and relevant agencies of Danang participated. The JICA research team presented the integrated development strategies for the key central economic region, discussed the mechanism for cooperation and the roles of localities of the region, proposed construction ideas and defined sustainable development orientation for the region and Danang. 06 basic development strategies for the region proposed by the team include: intensification of direct connection with international markets … [Read more...]

Thua Thien Hue towards green growth

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In order to achieve goals of the green growth by 2020, Thua Thien Hue needs to implement some solutions: investing to change its production and consumption in accordance with environmentally-friendly orientation; developing green industry, agriculture and services; preventing and dealing effectively with environmental pollution, etc. * A number of "green" goals Thua Thien Hue has many potentials and strength to develop a green urban. These favorability includes: Lying on the East-West Economic Corridor; located in the Northern Key Economic Zone; owing various geographic conditions such as: mountain, delta, lagoon and sea, especially 128km-coastal line and the biggest lagoon system in the Southeast Asia. Thanks to these, Thua Thien Hue has issued a number of sustainable development goals which are being specialized. Recently, the People’s Committee has approved the National Target Program on Green Growth to 2020 in the province. According to the program, a number of targets … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Japan discuss inspector training

Government Inspector General Huynh Phong Tranh met Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Youji Mutou (Photo: dangcongsan.vn)

(VOVworld) – On Tuesday, Government Inspector General Huynh Phong Tranh met in Hanoi with Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Youji Mutou, to discuss cooperation in training inspectors. Tranh shared Vietnam’s experience in managing citizen reception and the settlement of complaints and petitions, noting Vietnam is actively expanding its international cooperation, learning lessons from foreign nations to improve its performance in receiving citizens and addressing complaints and petitions. The two sides also discussed the use of Japan’s official development assistance (ODA) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Vietnam. Mutou said he hopes the collaboration between the two agencies will continue to reap beneficial results. He suggested the two sides increase their regular exchanges and meetings at inspection conferences in Asia, along with promoting administrative consultations and cooperation in … [Read more...]

Vietnam wishes to bolster legislative ties with Japan

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National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan held talks with Speaker of the House of Representative of the Japan’s parliament Tadamori Oshima in Tokyo on August 25, during which she proposed that the two sides increase delegation exchanges to foster legislative ties. Ngan, who is on her ongoing visit to Japan to the World Assembly for Woman 2015, expressed her delight at the growing partnership between the two countries as well as the two legislative bodies. She vowed that Vietnam always pursues an active and proactive bilateral and multilateral external policy, contributing to peace and stability in the region and the world. Tadamori Oshima pledged that he will do his utmost for the stronger ties between the two parliaments. He revealed that he plans to meet National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung on the sidelines of the World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments slated for September this year. Regarding the East Sea issue, both sides agreed that the … [Read more...]

Viet Nam wishes to bolster legislative ties with Japan

National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan held talks with Speaker of the House of Representative of the Japan's parliament Tadamori Oshima in Tokyo on August 25. — VNA/VNS Photo Huu Thang - Gia Quan

TOKYO (VNS) — National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan held talks with Speaker of the House of Representative of the Japan's parliament Tadamori Oshima in Tokyo on August 25, during which she proposed that the two sides increase delegation exchanges to foster legislative ties. Ngan, who is on her ongoing visit to Japan to the World Assembly for Woman 2015, expressed her delight at the growing partnership between the two countries as well as the two legislative bodies. She vowed that Viet Nam always pursues an active and proactive bilateral and multilateral external policy, contributing to peace and stability in the region and the world. Tadamori Oshima pledged that he will do his utmost for the stronger ties between the two parliaments. He revealed that he plans to meet National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung on the sidelines of the World Conference of Speakers of Parliaments slated for September this year. Regarding the East Sea issue, both sides agreed … [Read more...]

Japan, Vietnam talk inspector training

Vietnamese Government Inspector General Huynh Phong Tranh on August 25 held talks with Japan’s Parliamentary Vice Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Youji Mutou, discussing cooperation in training inspectors. At the Hanoi meeting, Tranh shared Vietnam’s experience in managing citizen reception and the settlement of complaints and petitions. Vietnam is speeding up the institutional building and finalising its legal system, especially laws regarding complaints, petitions, land, housing and construction investment, while revamping the state management in all areas, he said. The host noted his country is actively expanding its international cooperation, learning lessons from foreign nations to improve its performance in receiving citizens and addressing complaints and petitions. Japan’s experience in the fields is very useful for Vietnam, the Government Inspector stressed. The two sides also discussed the use of Japan’s official development … [Read more...]

Gov’t takes precautionary measures to control public debt

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VietNamNet Bridge - Though they believe that Vietnam’s public debt is not as dangerous as some international institutions say, government officials are applying measures to control the debt. Related news Vietnam's public debt 12th most risky The Bank of America report on Vietnam’s public debt has once again raised deep concern about Vietnam’s public debt situation. The report says Vietnam’s public debt is ranked 12th in the world at risk of default. In the report, Vietnam has the most risk in ASEAN, with Indonesia ranked 13th, Malaysia 18th, Thailand 20th, and the Philippines 24th. Dr. Bui Duc Thu, Member of the National Assembly’s Finance & Budget Committee, said that Vietnam’s public debt was not as dangerous as reported by international institutions. Thu said the National Assembly keeps strict control over the public debt through the annual report of the government. "The public debt now accounts for 64 percent of GDP. Its highest peak, … [Read more...]

Five Mekong nations adopt blueprint for industrialisation

KUALA LUMPUR (VNS) — Japan and the five Southeast Asian countries bordering the Mekong River adopted yesterday a blueprint to boost industrialisation in the sub-region. The blueprint, known as "The Mekong Industrial Development Vision," got the thumbs-up during a meeting between Japan's Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Yoichi Miyazawa, and his counterparts from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam in Kuala Lumpur on the sidelines of the annual meeting of trade ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its dialogue partners including Japan. A set of policy directions are spelled out, such as harmonising standards and certification to ease the flow of cross-border trade, developing special economic zones along the border, and collaborating with Japanese universities and industry to foster skilled workforces and promote research and development. These region-wide efforts will be implemented by 2020. The region also needs to strengthen its … [Read more...]

New strategy for Japan, Mekong cooperation

(VOV) - Japan and four Southeast Asian nations along the Mekong River Basin – Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand – have approved a plan to speed up industrial development in the region. Themed ‘Mekong Industrial Development Vision’ the roadmap was approved on August 24 at a meeting between Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa and his counterparts from the other nations on the side-lines of the 47th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting. The blueprint also provides for a series of policies and orientations pertaining to border trade, the development of a Special Economic Zone and co-ordination among universities and industry to enhance skilled workers and strengthen research and development. Under the plan through 2020, a working agenda along with a concrete timetable will be established for the next AEM Meeting in 2016 coordinated with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETO) and the … [Read more...]

Image: 200-year-old house of three generations in Thanh Hoa

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VietNamNet Bridge - Just a few hundred meters from the Ho Dynasty Citadel, a World Heritage site, an ancient house in Tay Giai Village has also been recognized by UNESCO as one of the the top 10 traditional houses in Vietnam. The house belongs to Mr. Pham Ngoc Tung, 63, a resident in Tay Giai village, Vinh Tien commune, Vinh Loc district, Thanh Hoa province, the 7th generation of the Pham family. The house was built by Tung’s ancestor, a mandarin of the Nguyen Dynasty. The house was built by talented carpenters from Ha Nam and Thanh Hoa provinces. After over two centuries with many changes, the house is still intact as a testimony of national history. In 2002, under the program "Preserving traditional houses in Vietnam," a joint program between the Ministry of Culture - Information of Vietnam and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the ancient house of Mr. Tung was chosen for periodic restoration. The house has been recognized by UNESCO as one of the 10 most … [Read more...]

Phase 2 of water environment improvement project in Hue to be deployed

JICA Chief Representative in Vietnam Mori Mutsuya in his working session in Hue reviewed the project to improve its water environment since 2008. The project is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with a total investment of 4.2 trillion VND (200 million USD), aiming to improve and expand the city’s rainwater drainage and waste water treatment systems to 2020. The first phase of the project has been carried between 2008-2018 at10 wards in the southern area of the Huong River while the second phase will make feasible plans and detailed designs for the completion of the city’s water supply and drainage system. The project targets refurbishing and extending the the stormwater drainage system of the southern area of the Huong river as well as building and developing the system for collecting and treating around 70% of domestic wastewater in this area by 2020, significantly contributing to overcoming environmental pollution in the city. Highly … [Read more...]

Intelligent transportation system to be applied in the north

Applying an intelligent transportation system (ITS) into the highway network in north Vietnam was discussed during a seminar in Hanoi on August 20. Vietnam plans to build 2,500 kilometres of highways by 2020 and 6,400 kilometres by 2030, 700 kilometres of which have already been put into use. However, underdeveloped public transportation and infrastructure as well as limited awareness of vehicle users are making it harder for traffic management, said Head of the Directorate for Roads of Vietnam’s Highway Management Department Nguyen Quoc Tung. A representative from the Ministry of Transport said a plan is in the pipeline to adopt the ITS model in several highways, including National Highway 1, which aims to lay out a common standard for nationwide highway management. Representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) said there should be a common ITS in Vietnam given its numerous highways across the country. JICA will help Vietnam build an integrated … [Read more...]

Breakfast @ Tuoi Tre News – August 21

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What you need to know in Vietnam today: Politics -- State President Truong Tan Sang received credentials from five newly-accredited ambassadors from Chile, Turkey, Denmark, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and Sri Lanka in separate meetings in Hanoi on Thursday. -- A delegation from the Vietnam People’s Supreme Court, led by Chief Judge Truong Hoa Binh, is paying an official visit to the Republic of Korea to promote the cooperative ties between the two countries’ supreme courts. During the visit, which will conclude on August 23, Chief Judge Binh will join separate talks with his counterpart, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Yang Sung-tae, Minister of Court Administration Park Byoung-dae, Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs Shin Dong-ik and President of the Korea International Cooperation Agency Kim Young-mok. Society -- The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will help Vietnam build an integrated intelligent … [Read more...]

Social News 17/8

Vietnam rescued fishing boat attacked by Malaysians off Paracel Islands Vietnamese authorities rescued on August 15 a local fishing boat allegedly attacked by Malaysian pirates off Vietnam's Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands. The fishing boat, hailing from the central province of Binh Dinh with 13 sailors onboard, was fishing nine nautical miles from Tien Nu Island in Hoang Sa when a high-speed canoe approached it at around 10 p.m. on August 14. Four Malaysian men carrying riffles and short guns jumped into the fishing boat. They controlled the crew members of the boat, threatening to rob them. The crew members managed to send SOS signals calling for help to Binh Dinh provincial authorities at 6:35 a.m. on August 15. Two and a half hours later, a rescue boat came to the scene. Binh Dinh authorities rescued all crew members of the boat and arrested the four pirates. They found there was no food and water on the high-speed canoe and decided to release the pirates. NA's Standing Board … [Read more...]

JICA helps improve water quality in Hue

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has helped the central city of Hue implement a project to improve its water environment since 2008. At his August 14 working session with JICA Chief Representative in Vietnam Mori Mutsuya to review the project implementation, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Cao thanked the Japanese side for its assistance, which he said has significantly contributed to the local socio-economic development. The JICA-funded project has a total investment of 4.2 trillion VND (200 million USD), aiming to improve and expand the city’s rainwater drainage and waste water treatment systems to 2020. Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Van Cao (right) receiving JICA Chief Representative in Vietnam Mori Mutsuya. The first phase of the project has been carried between 2008-2018 at10 wards in the southern area of the Huong River while the second phase will make feasible plans and detailed designs for … [Read more...]

JICA helps Hue develop their future

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(VOV) - On August 15, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held a commencement ceremony for a US$190 million new water and sewage infrastructure project in Hue City. The city will implement the environmental improvement project in two phases. The first phase starting now through 2018 includes the construction of a modernized waste water treatment plant and pumping stations along with earthwork and trenching for lying of new sewage pipes in 10 wards of the city. This goal of the project is to enhance Hue City’s sewage treatment capacity and reduce flood damage by improving the sewerage and drainage systems in the urban area on the south side of the Huong River. The second phase, which is still in the feasibility stage, will address improvements to water infrastructure. … [Read more...]