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. 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. 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...]

Japan to help Hanoi improve underground water quality

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Japan will help Hanoi to improve its water quality through a project on non-chemical treatment for underground water. The project signing ceremony was held in the capital city on February 4 with the participation of representatives from the Hanoi Water Limited Company (Hawaco), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and relevant authorities. The project is an initial effort in improving water quality by using Kemiresu, a fast processing, low cost, and environmentally friendly system to treat impurities in underground water which does not require the presence of chemical substances. The Japanese-funded project has a total investment of 100 million Yen (851,000 USD) with an implementation duration of one and a half year starting in 2016. Hawaco supplies 80 percent of tap-water for the city with 12 water filtration plants. However, water filter system degredation at all 12 units has hindered eliminating impurities in underground water such as iron, manganese and … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Japan cooperate in orderly training

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The Hanoitimes - The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) have signed a minute to foster cooperation in orderly training. Accordingly, they will jointly implement a technical assistance project on capacity building for orderlies who have newly-graduated from medical colleges and universities in Dien Bien, Vinh Phuc, Binh Dinh and Dong Nai provinces and orderly practitioners in Bach Mai and St. Paul hospitals in Hanoi. About 36,000-40,000 orderlies have graduated from 150 training schools in Vietnam. However, their capacity is not ensured as a standard training program is lacking. A training program developed under the framework of a joint project between the JICA and MoH will ensure minimum capacity for orderlies across the country, according to JICA. Vietnam and ASEAN member countries have signed a framework agreement on mutual recognition arrangement on medical practitioners. Accordingly, citizens with legal working certificates are … [Read more...]

Cai Mep-Thi Vai port complex inefficient

Containerized goods are loaded onto a vessel at a terminal in Cai Mep-Thi Vai port complex in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province. The port complex has operated inefficiently due to underdeveloped infrastructure, logistics shortcomings and competition from ports in HCMC and Binh Duong Province - PHOTO: VAN NAM

Van Nam Enterprises and experts pointed out this problem at a seminar held on Wednesday by the ministries of transport, and planning-investment, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to evaluate the performance of the Cai Mep-Thi Vai port complex. It is costly to transport goods from HCMC or Binh Duong to Cai Mep-Thi Vai as the port complex does not have yards for empty containers, forcing enterprises to bring their goods to Cat Lai Port in HCMC, said Nguyen Thanh Tam, deputy director of HCMC-based company InterLog. In addition, the time for transporting goods to other Asian countries from Cai Mep-Thi Vai is over ten days compared to only three days from Cat Lai Port in HCMC, leading enterprises to shun Cai Mep-Thi Vai, he said. Le Duy Hiep, chairman of the Vietnam Logistics Business Association (VLA), said currently enterprises have to transport their goods by barge to avoid traffic jams on the road, thus spelling trouble for exporters. What should be done … [Read more...]

Urbanisation begets need for more housing

Hoa Loi Residential Zone serves growing demand in Ben Cat Town in Binh Duong Province, one of the most crowded areas for workers in Viet Nam. — VNA/VNS Photo Quach Lam

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam needs more drastic measures to boost housing development as the country's rapid urbanisation coupled with a young population has made it an urgent issue. Experts said it was important to improve the living environment and conveniences as urban spaces were becoming narrower. Tran Dinh Thien, director of the Viet Nam Institute of Economics under the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences, said that measures should be initiated to prevent an urban boom from becoming opportunities for property market speculation. In recent years, urbanisation has been rapid not only in major cities such as Ha Noi and HCM City, but also in other provinces and cities such as Bac Ninh, Thai Nguyen, Quang Ninh, and Dong Nai, apart from Binh Duong and Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Statistics showed that in 1997, only 20 per cent of the country's population lived in urban areas and real estate deals were conducted largely without bank loans. However, things have changed today when the … [Read more...]

Support to help craft villages build own brands

Blacksmiths of Da Sy blacksmithing village in Hanoi's Ha Dong district (Photo: hadong.hanoi.gov.vn)

Supporting craft villages to build their own brands amidst strong international integration is a priority of the Vietnam Association of Craft Villages (VACV), said Chairman Luu Duy Dan on January 20. At the VACV’s 10th founding anniversary celebration in Hanoi, Dan said his organisation will actively help its members build brands, register trademarks, and export products. The VACV will step up personnel training for small-and medium-sized enterprises, especially in business administration, international practice and e-commerce, as Vietnam is strongly integrating into the world. To revitalise craft villages, the association will help the villages cooperate with one another, modernise production and environmental treatment technologies, and create highly aesthetic products. More exemplary artisans will also be honoured, Dan said. He noted that the VACV has organised over 200 fairs, exhibitions and customer meetings over the past decade to promote the sale of handicrafts. … [Read more...]

Japanese agency hosts workshop on urban development in Vietnam

Urban development was the main theme of a workshop on housing in Vietnam, which was jointly held by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. Bank – Hanoi branch on January 18. Tran Dinh Thien, director of the Vietnam Institute of Economics, said that the Vietnamese economy is on the up and is involved in intensive international integration thanks to the signing of several high-level agreements. As such, the international community is paying more attention to Vietnam’s development prospects, he said, adding that this offers both opportunities and challenges for the country, and creates pressure on urban development. He emphasised the need to carry out more drastic and specific measures to ensure the urban boom does not become a target of speculation. In recent years, the urban boom has been seen in major cities like Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and also Bac Ninh, Thai Nguyen, Quang Ninh, Dong Nai and Ba Ria-Vung Tau provinces. … [Read more...]

$1.3 billion for EVN-NPT’s transmission projects

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The National Power Transmission Corporation under Electricity of Vietnam (EVN-NPT) mobilised about 1.3 billion USD in Official Development Assistance (ODA) for its transmission projects from 2011 to 2015. In 2015 alone, the company completed procedures for a co-financed loan worth 304.29 million USD from the Asia Development Bank (ADB) and​ Germany's Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau ("Reconstruction Credit Institute") (KfW), and a 340-million-USD loan from ADB. The corporation also worked with the French Agency for Development (AFD) to use a loan of 38 million USD and negotiated with KfW about a new 95-million-EUR loan for a smart-electricity project. It signed an loan agreement worth 86 million USD for its Thai Binh thermoelectricity project. According to EVN-NPT Member Council Chairman Dang Phan Tuong, his firm will continue to maintain bilateral and multilateral relations with traditional international financial organisations such as ADB, the World Bank, AFD, the Japan … [Read more...]

Forum scheduled to prepare for Paris Agreement implementation

Hanoi, January 18 (VNA) – Heads of international development partners will be invited to a high-level policy forum which is slated for March, 2016 to prepare for Vietnam’s implementation of the Paris Agreement 2015, according to Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. The National Committee on Climate Change (NCCC) and foreign development partners, will look to carry out the agreement on the target of enhancing global response to the urgent threats of climate change, which was approved by involved parties at the 21 st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). Vietnam’s key partners, including the United Nations Development Programme, the UK and the Japan International Cooperation Agency, are ready to support the country in building action plans to implement the deal. Technical meetings between relevant ministries, partners and experts are scheduled during the policy forum, to increase mutual … [Read more...]

USD 1.3 billion for EVN-NPT’s transmission projects

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The National Power Transmission Corporation under Electricity of Vietnam (EVN-NPT) mobilized about USD 1.3 billion in Official Development Assistance (ODA) for its transmission projects from 2011 to 2015. In 2015 alone, the company completed procedures for a co-financed loan worth USD 304.29 million from the Asia Development Bank (ADB) and Germany’s Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau ("Reconstruction Credit Institute") (KfW), and a USD-340-million loan from ADB. The corporation also worked with the French Agency for Development (AFD) to use a loan of USD 38 million and negotiated with KfW about a new EUR-95-million loan for a smart-electricity project. It signed a loan agreement worth USD 86 million for its Thai Binh thermoelectricity project. According to EVN-NPT Member Council Chairman Dang Phan Tuong, his firm will continue to maintain bilateral and multilateral relations with traditional international financial organisations such as ADB, the World Bank, AFD, the Japan … [Read more...]

US$1.3 billion for EVN-NPT’s transmission projects

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The National Power Transmission Corporation under Electricity of Vietnam (EVN-NPT) mobilised about US$1.3 billion in Official Development Assistance (ODA) for its transmission projects from 2011 to 2015. In 2015 alone, the company completed procedures for a co-financed loan worth US$304.29 million from the Asia Development Bank (ADB) and​ Germany's Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau ("Reconstruction Credit Institute") (KfW), and a US$340-million- loan from ADB. The corporation also worked with the French Agency for Development (AFD) to use a loan of US$38 million and negotiated with KfW about a new EUR95-million loan for a smart-electricity project. It signed an loan agreement worth US$86 million for its Thai Binh thermoelectricity project. According to EVN-NPT Member Council Chairman Dang Phan Tuong, his firm will continue to maintain bilateral and multilateral relations with traditional international financial organisations such as ADB, the World Bank, AFD, the Japan … [Read more...]

1.3 billion USD for EVN-NPT’s transmission projects

Hanoi, January 18 (VNA) – The National Power Transmission Corporation under Electricity of Vietnam (EVN-NPT) mobilised about 1.3 billion USD in Official Development Assistance (ODA) for its transmission projects from 2011 to 2015. In 2015 alone, the company completed procedures for a co-financed loan worth 304.29 million USD from the Asia Development Bank (ADB) and Germany’s Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (" Reconstruction Credit Institute") (K fW), and a 340-million-USD loan from ADB. The corporation also worked with the French Agency for Development (AFD) to use a loan of 38 million USD and negotiated with KfW about a new 95-million-EUR loan for a smart-electricity project. It signed an loan agreement worth 86 million USD for its Thai Binh thermoelectricity project. According to EVN-NPT Member Council Chairman Dang Phan Tuong, his firm will continue to maintain bilateral and multilateral relations with traditional international financial organisations such as … [Read more...]

Japan pledges $812mn in fresh ODA to Vietnam

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The Japanese government will provide Vietnam with more than 95 billion yen in ODA (official development assistance) for Vietnam on improve its eco-social infrastructure development. The US$812 million loan is the first batch of a total of 300 billion yen ($2.56 billion) Japan has pledged for Vietnam in the fiscal year ending March 2016, according to the Vietnamese government website. Diplomatic notes on the ODA grant was signed in Hanoi on Friday by Vietnamese Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh and Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Hiroshi Fukada. The latest batch of ODA loan from Japan will be allocated to four key infrastructure projects, including the north-to-south expressway, the international port in the northern city of Hai Phong, and the fourth stage of a climate change program, according to the Vietnamese minister. Vietnam’s Ministry of Finance and the Japan International Cooperation Agency will sign specific loan deals for each of the projects, … [Read more...]

Bridges on North-South railway to be unveiled

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PANO – A project to build and upgrade 44 bridges that are affiliated to Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City railway network will be inaugurated on January 14th by the Transport Ministry. The project was completed 8 months ahead of schedule, costing nearly VND 9.3 trillion using the official development assistance (ODA) credit through the Japan International Cooperation Agency and counterpart capital of the Vietnamese Government. Once opened to traffic, the bridges will help ensure the safety of the railway service, shorten passenger and freight transport time, and boost transport volume on the railway line between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, thereby contributing to the sustainable economic growth of regions along the railway line. Translated by Van Hieu … [Read more...]

Hanoi invests 10.3 billion VND for project of clean water loss control

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The Hanoitimes - Hanoi People`s Committee has approved the project on capacity building and technology training to reduce clean water loss in the city funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Accordingly, the project, implemented by the Hanoi Water Ltd. Co., aims to improve loss management capacity and apply advanced technology to reduce loss of water through pipe leakage. The project is intended to provide technical training for the company’s staff for better water loss control. It has a total investment of 10.3 billion VND, or 463.131 USD, of which 8.9 billion VND provided by the JICA through its Partnership Programme and 1.6 billion VND from the Vietnamese side’s contribution to the project will be used in purchasing equipment for office and training The project will be carried out from 2016-2018. Thu Minh … [Read more...]

Japan helps Hanoi in clean water loss control

About VND10.4 billion, or US$464,000, will be invested in a Japan-funded project on capacity building and technology training to reduce clean water loss in Hanoi City from 2016-2018. The project, carried out by the Hanoi Water Ltd. Co., is intended to improve loss management capacity and apply advanced technology to reduce loss of water through pipe leakage. Technical training will be provided for the company’s staff for better water loss control. Nearly VND9 billion in financial assistance will be provided for the project by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) through its Partnership Programme. The fund will be spent on training activities, provision of water leak detectors and advanced technology to control the problem. The Vietnamese side’s contribution to the project will be used in purchasing equipment for office and training. … [Read more...]