Vietnam, Japan cooperate toward green growth
|Vietnam considers green growth an effective solution for sustainable development. Illustrative image. (Photo: dangcongsan.vn)|
Attending the seminar are delegations from various Vietnamese ministries and sectors such as the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT); representatives from the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan, the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO); leaders of several provinces and cities in Vietnam, along with experts and businesses from both countries.
The event is a chance for the participants to share perspectives on green growth, opportunities and challenges in realizing Vietnam's Green Growth Strategy for the 2021-2030 period and the vision for 2050, the significance of Japan's support for green growth in the Southeast Asian country, as well as suggest and recommend solutions to help implement the strategy. The seminar also serves as a platform for experience sharing and idea exchanges.
Speaking at the seminar, Ambassador of Vietnam to JapanPham Quang Hieu said the Vietnam-Japan bilateral relationship is at its height in the history of the two nations, deserving of an extended strategic partnership built on sincerity, trust, and mutual support.
"In the medium and long term toward the goals of 2030-2050, both countries have significant potential for further cooperation in green technology, energy transition, and bilateral research collaboration in applying Japanese technology that aligns with Vietnam’s needs and transition roadmap,” he said.
Director-general of the Vietnam News Agency Vu Viet Trang said through the seminar, she believes that Japanese organisations and enterprises will gain a better understanding of Vietnam's green growth policy priorities and strategies, both at the national and local levels, opening up new opportunities for cooperation in areas where both sides have potential and strengths.
As of August 2023, Japan has 5,168 active projects with a total registered investment capital of over 71 billion USD. Japan currently ranks third among 143 countries and territories investing in Vietnam.
The Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) in Vietnam emphasizes that focusing on green growth is crucial for addressing pressing issues in Vietnam, including water quality, air pollution, waste management, recycling, energy efficiency, and carbon emissions. JETRO advises the Vietnamese Government to implement stricter environmental regulations, expand manufacturers' environmental responsibilities, and accelerate the transition to renewable energy sources.
Meanwhile, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) reaffirms its close collaboration with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to enhance Vietnam's capacity for carbon emission reduction, focusing on water resource management; and partnership with agriculture companies in improving living conditions and deploying modern technologies to mitigate the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.