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|Deputy Chairman of the People’s Committee of Can Tho Nguyen Van Hong (R) receives JICA Chief Representative Shimizu Akira. Photo:VNA|
During the meeting, they discussed measures to boost cooperation and investment from Japanese businesses to the city in particular and the Mekong Delta in general, VNA reported.
Deputy Chairman of Can Tho People’s Committee Hong proposed JICA support Can Tho in important areas that the Mekong Delta city needs.
The city hopes JICA to conduct the component of purchasing medical equipment for the Can Tho heart hospital with 200 patient beds.
On investment promotion, the city calls for non-governmental aid projects in the fields of environmental protection and health care.
For his part, Chief Representative of JICA in Vietnam Shimizu Akira said JICA wishes to further promote existing cooperation and diversify fields of collaboration with the city, especially in the context that numerous Japanese firms want to invest in Vietnam.
JICA is discussing with management agencies as well as its officials in charge of health on the project providing equipment for the Can Tho heart hospital, said Shimizu.
Can Tho is strong in certain areas such as high-tech agricultural production and aquaculture, he said, adding JICA will provide possible support in fields it is in charge.
In the coming time, JICA will pilot a small-scale project on waste classification at source, and it wishes to receive support and cooperation from the municipal Department of Natural Resources and Environment to carry out the project. The project’s survey will be conducted in two weeks from April 12.
As much as USD 10.13 billion worth of foreign direct investment (FDI) was injected into Vietnam in the first three months of the year to March 20, according to the Foreign Investment Agency (FIA) under the Ministry of Planning and Investment.
Singapore topped the list of 56 countries and territories landing investment in Vietnam, with nearly USD 4.6 billion, equivalent to nearly 45.6 percent of the total. Japan came second with about USD 2.1 billion (20.8 percent), and the Republic of Korea third with USD 1.2 billion (11.8 percent).
The FIA said the Mekong Delta province of Long An lured the lion’s share of FDI in the reviewed period with USD 3.2 billion, accounting for 32.1 percent of the total. Can Tho city of the same region was the runner-up since it attracted nearly USD 1.3 million, or 13.1 percent. Hai Phong northern port city came third with USD 946 million (9.4 percent)./.
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