09:16 | 08/09/2016 Cooperation
(VEN) - Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Cuong and Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan Keiichi Ishii signed a memorandum of understanding on irrigation management cooperation.
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam Nguyen Xuan Cuong (right) and Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan Keiichi Ishii (left) signed a memorandum of understanding on irrigation management cooperation
The two sides will cooperate in hydraulic work management (hydraulic work planning, building, operation and maintenance), disaster management and adaptation to climate change (measures, technical infrastructure and human resources to respond to disasters and climate change).
Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong suggested his Japanese counterpart to focus on some parts of the cooperation program. Currently, Vietnam is giving priority to the reorganization of agricultural production in the Mekong Delta, especially rice area and aquaculture in case of saltwater intrusion. “Irrigation system must be reviewed to suit current situation. Japan has many experiences in irrigation that Vietnam want to learn from,” Minister Cuong said.
About one third of Vietnam’s 3,260km-long coastline is severely eroded. In addition, 85-90 percent of the North Vietnam is mountainous, sloppy and subsided, which affect local lives and economic development.
With experiences in hydraulic work management, disaster management and adaptation to climate change, Japan is the partner that Vietnam is looking for with a view to minimize negative effects on the economy and people while promoting local potential.
At the signing ceremony, Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong expressed gratitude towards Japan’s US$2.5 million funding by courtesy of the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to help Vietnam to respond to climate change.
According to Minister Keiichi Ishii, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will launch a national survey on climate change responding infrastructure and based on which to conduct necessary improvement measures.
Regarding droughts in the Mekong Delta, Minister Keiichi Ishii said that Japan also faces annual water shortage and wished to promote bilateral drought dialogue in the coming time.
As an island country, Japan also copes with coastal erosion and has accumulated experiences in dealing with the phenomenon. JICA made a commitment to set up a survey panel to Vietnam and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan is ready to strengthen cooperation with Vietnamese counterpart.
The two sides will cooperate in hydraulic work management, disaster management and adaptation to climate changes.