VUFO and JICA Plan Further Cooperation in 2023

At the first working session in Hanoi, Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) and Chief Representative of the JICA Vietnam Office Shimizu Akira agreed to enhance cooperation between VUFO and JICA in the upcoming time.
VUFO and JICA Plan Further Cooperation in 2023
VUFO President Nguyen Phuong Nga (right) and Chief Representative of the JICA Vietnam Office Shimizu Akira (Photo: Hai An).

At the meeting, VUFO President Nguyen Phuong Nga informed the Chief Representative of the JICA Vietnam Office about the key activities of VUFO, which includes mobilizing external resources from foreign NGOs.

The host highly appreciated JICA's contribution to Vietnam's development in the fields of human resource training and technology transfer, and welcomed JICA Vietnam Office to keep in contact with VUFO and its system of member organizations, friends and international partners. At the moment, VUFO is working closely with many Japanese organizations in Vietnam such as Vietnam - Japan Friendship Association, the Vietnam Japan Cooperation Center (VJCC).

Regarding the cooperation between the two organizations in the upcoming time, both the host and the guest believed there are many potential activities to explore, namely: co-organizing the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan. VUFO President also said: "Trade, education and response to climate change are some outstanding areas where the two sides can cooperate in the coming time,"

In response, Mr. Shimizu Akira also proposed VUFO to support JICA to strengthen relations with localities; coordinate and propose relevant agencies to review and accelerate the reform of administrative procedures as well as the process of granting operation licenses and approving projects.

Regarding human resources training plan in 2023, JICA Vietnam Office also proposes a voluntary Japanese language teaching program in provinces like Ninh Binh, so that they can attract investors from Japan

Since their establishment of diplomatic ties on September 21, 1973, Japan and Vietnam have fruitfully developed their bilateral relation.

Having maintained an extensive strategic partnership with Vietnam since 2014, Japan is the largest official development assistance (ODA) provider, the third-biggest tourism market, and the fourth-largest trade partner of the Southeast Asian country.

Bilateral trade last year reached US $42.7 billion, up 7.8 percent from 2020, and Japan has invested $64.4 billion in Vietnam.

Vietnamese constitute the biggest foreign community in Japan with over 450,000 people living in 47 localities, mostly in Aichi, Tokyo, Osaka, Saitama, Chiba, and Fukuoka, VNA reported.

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