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Japanese Ambassador speaks highly people-to-people cooperation in signing ceremony of 7 small-scale grant aid projects

December 16, 2020 | 17:14

The Embassy of Japan in Vietnam, on Wednesday's morning December 16, holds the signing ceremony of 7 Non-refundable Grant Aid projects to local-level organizations and NGOs in Vietnam.

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Japan's grant aid has been conducted based on a philosophy of encouraging self-reliance in the recipient country. Cooperation is provided for the construction of facilities or purchase of materials and equipment but not for running and maintenance expenses, consumable supplies and personnel costs, and other expenditures that are to be made after the completion of the project.

This 2020 year, the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam held a signing ceremony for 7 small-scale grant aid projects to Vietnam's local goverments and NGOs on December 16 in Hanoi.

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Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Vietnam Yamada Takio at the ceremony.

Making a presentation at the ceremony, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Vietnam Yamada Takio expressed that:

When mentioning to Japan and Vietnam's partnership, we often think of large-scale investment projects and large-scale infrastructure development projects. However, in addition, our cooperation also focuses on the local level and people-to-people relations, where practical issues need to be addressed such as: improving the quality of education, upgrading health facilities, or ensuring safe water supply for people.

The Japanese Embassy in collaboration with local authorities and NGOs, contributing to solving fundamental problems in such diverse fields, finds it essential in supporting the sustainable development of Vietnam

Through the non-refundable local-level grant aid Programs, the Japanese Government wishes to step up more and more practical cooperation, touching the hearts of the two peoples.

The non-refundable grant aid signing ceremony held by the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam includes these following 7 projects:

1. The Project on building a clean water system in Tan Lap commune, Cho Don district, Bac Kan province.

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Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Yamada Takio and President of Tan Lap commune's People's Commitee, Cho Don district, Bac Kan province Ma Thanh Le.

The project aims at installing new domestic water system (1 dam, 1 water tank, 1 filter tank (30 m2), water supply pipe 8,796 m), ... in Tan Lap commune to ensure people, students, teachers of primary schools, kindergartens, and users of the commune health center to be enabled to access hygienic water, contributing to improving the sanitary, educational and the medical environment.

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The Janpanese Ambassador and the delegation of Tan Lap commune.

The Japanese Ambassy in Vietnam will grant the non-refundable aid of $ 76,799 (Japanese Yen 8,447,890) to Tan Lap People's Committee for the project implementation.

2. Mines Advisory Group (MAG)'s bomb and mine clearance project in Quang Binh province

The project is about to clear bombs and mines in Bo Trach district, Quang Binh province, and convert land polluted by bombs and mines (an area of about 2,480,850 m2) to land used for economic, social purposes, in order to reduce the risk of threatening people's lives and for socio-economic development in the region.

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The Ambassador and Mines Advisory Group (MAG) Vietnam Country Director Helene Kuperman.

The Japanese Ambassy in Vietnam will grant the aid of $ 636,353 (Japanese yen 69,998,830) to the Mines Advisory Group (MAG) in Vietnam for implementation.

3. The Project of providing braille equipment for 3 northern provinces of Vietnam

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The Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam and Vietnam Blind Association President Pham Viet Thu

Braille equipment (4 braille printers, 12 mobile braille screens, 4 computers with various software that can input braille) will be equipped at the headquarters of the Vietnam Blind Association, Hanoi Blind Association, Hai Duong Blind Association, Bac Ninh Blind Association. Through the additional providing of these devices, the project will contribute to improving the quality of education for the visual impairment living in 3 areas.

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The Ambassador and the delegation of the Vietnam Blind Association.

The Vietnam Blind Association will be granted the values of $ 86,592 (Japanese yen 9,525,120) by The Embassy of Japan in Vietnam for the project implementation.

4. The Project of constructing classrooms for Thuong Ninh Primary School in Thanh Hoa Province

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The Ambassador and Head of World Vision International in Vietnam Tran Thu Huyen

Building a new school (1-storey house with 4 classrooms) on the campus of Thuong Ninh primary school will contribute to improving the educational environment, in order to improve the quality of teaching and build an educational environment with ability to cope with natural disasters.

The World Vision International in Vietnam will receive aided equipment and materials valued $ 87,608 (Japanese yen 9,636,880) from the Embassy of Japan in Vietnam.

5. The Project of constructing inter-village road in Ho Mit commune, Lai Chau province

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The Japanese Ambassador and Vice President of Muong Te distric's People Committee Le Thanh Huy in Lai Châu

The project of constructing rural roads (total length of 2,038km length, 4m width) to ensure safe traffic in Ho Mit commune and improve agricultural productivity of the people.

The People's Committee of Tan Uyen district, Lai Chau province will be granted the values of 86,505 USD (9,515,550 Japanese yen) for the project implementation.

6. The Project to build kindergarten in Ta Tong commune, Muong Te district, Lai Chau province

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The Ambassador and President of Muong Te district's People Committee, Lai Chau Dao Văn Khanh.

Through the construction of a new school building (1 floor, 2 classrooms, 1 teacher room, 2 toilets (2 places for hand washing), 2 warehouses, kitchen and water supply tank, school yard, total 204 m2) in the campus of Cao Chai kindergarten school in Ta Tong commune, Lai Chau province, the projects will be contributing to improving the educational and sanitary environment there, improving the quality of education to students and promoting healthy child growing.

7. The Project of providing mobile X-ray equipment for TB screening

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The Ambassador and IRD company's Director Pham Quang Dung (middle) and his delegation.

With the installation of portable X-ray equipment and auxiliary equipment / software for IRD Vietnam, which is conducting TB screening in this area, the company will be possible to perform TB screening in remote and island areas for easing and early detection and treatment to patients and help prevent the spread of disease.

The equipment valued USD 87,211 (Japanese yen 9,593,210) will be granted to Vietnamese IRD Company to implement the project.

Speak to Vietnam Times reporter on these cooperation contributing to promoting the people-to-people relations between Vietnam and Japan, the Ambassador of Japan to Vietnam says:

"Japan is very interested in investing in Vietnam, at the same time it is more important to conduct and promote our cooperation of addressing these immediate and very evident issues to the people in the community, so we are very happy that we could sign 7 documents to implement that cooperation with these local goverments and NGOs in Vietnam for solving very important issues in each field."

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