|Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng (right) receives Fukui Teru, Japanese Minister of State for Ocean Policy. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI – Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng has called for more assistance from Japan in maritime research and environmental protection while receiving Fukui Teru, Japanese Minister of State for Ocean Policy and head of the Japan-Việt Nam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance’s Office, in Hà Nội yesterday.
Dũng expressed his delight at the comprehensive and practical growth of the Việt Nam -Japan extensive strategic partnership in all fields with high political trust that benefits people of both countries.
Japan is now a leading economic partner of Viet Nam, ranking first in terms of official development assistance (ODA) provision, second in terms of investment, third in terms of tourism and fourth in terms of trade, he noted.
The bilateral cooperation in agriculture and human resource training has become more effective, while exchanges in culture and between localities as well as people of both countries have been promoted, helping to foster mutual understanding between the Vietnamese and Japanese people, the Deputy PM said.
He said that maritime cooperation between the two nations has also been strengthened over recent years, noting that Japan has assisted Việt Nam in studying, exploiting and using maritime resources and the environment in a sustainable manner.
Japan has also shared experience with and transferred technology to Việt Nam, while helping improve the capacity of Vietnamese officials in the fields of maritime science and technology, maritime economic development and environmental protection, and assisting Viet Nam in enhancing law enforcement capacity at sea, said Dũng.
He proposed that in the future, Japan will continue working closely with and supporting Việt Nam in the area of environment, especially the sea environment. Việt Nam hopes for Japan’s help in improving its capacity in forecasting, thus giving timely responses to natural disasters, climate change and rising sea levels, along with the provision of equipment, technology and personnel training for maritime resources and environmental research, Dũng said.
The Deputy PM also called for Japan’s collaboration in implementing Việt Nam’s initiative in setting up regional marine partnerships on East Asian seas in plastic waste management.
Việt Nam needs assistance from Japan in management experience, maritime and coastal waste collection and treatment technology, and preventing invasive alien species and eco-diversity degradation at sea, he said.
For his part, Fukui Teru said that the strategic partnership between the two countries is developing in a positive, diverse and practical manner in many spheres with different forms.
The Japanese Government pays special attention to fostering cooperation with Việt Nam, especially in maritime research, he said, affirming that Japan is willing to share information and experience in ocean policy with Viet Nam so that both countries could become rich sea-based nations.
He proposed that Việt Nam, as coordinator of Japan-ASEAN relations, make more contributions to fostering collaboration among the nations in the reduction of plastic waste in the ocean. — VNS
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