09:04 | 03/01/2017 Society
(VEN) - Apart from assistance for infrastructure projects such as Nhat Tan Bridge and T2 Terminal of the Noi Bai International Airport, the Japanese government has promoted human resource development cooperation with Vietnam through technical cooperation projects at a grassroots level.
From 2002 until the end of March 2016, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) carried out 81 technical cooperation projects at a grassroots level in Vietnam in fields such as water supply and drainage, community capability to cope with natural disasters, agriculture and rural development, healthcare, environmental management, and support industries.
JICA’s technical cooperation projects are aimed at benefiting vulnerable people in society. They not only provide beneficiaries with machinery and equipment but also introduce new livelihoods which could help them improve their lives. Through these projects, JICA also wants to create opportunities for Japanese people to increase their participation in and enhance their knowledge about international cooperation activities.
A typical example is the education project aimed at building the capacity to deal with natural disasters and climate change for students in the central region of Vietnam. Through this project, JICA wished to improve local students’ knowledge about floods and timely measures to cope with this type of natural disasters.
JICA has concentrated on clean agricultural production projects. These projects help farmers win consumer trust in their clean agricultural products so that they can sell at higher prices. Through these projects, JICA wished to introduce new livelihoods which could be helpful to farmers when rice cultivation is badly affected due to climate change in the future.
JICA’s Deputy Chief Representative in Vietnam Masuda Chikahiro said that the agency wants to provide local people with knowledge so that they know how to improve their lives in the long term, rather than providing them with just machinery or techniques.
According to Masuda Chikahiro, despite poor natural resources and frequent natural disasters, Japan has become a strong economy in the region and worldwide thanks to its great attention to human resource development. Based on Japanese experiences, JICA wishes to help Vietnam develop human resources based on the actual condition in the country. “Vietnam is rich in natural resources. With more attention to highly qualified human resources training, there will be no reasons hindering the country’s strong development,” Masuda Chikahiro said.