Vietnam - Japan commit cooperation on energy and environment

Vietnam - Japan commit cooperation on energy and environment - 

On the occation of visiting to Japan from 16 to 19 March, 2014, Vietnam and Japan gave a joint statement on the establishment of a deep strategic  partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia. In wich, there are the energy and emviroment commitment.

President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe at the Summit meeting.

The two sides affirmed the importance of cooperation in the field of nuclear power. Regarding the project on the second nuclear power plant in Ninh Thuan Province , the two sides confirmed that they would continue to actively work together for its implementation based on the common recognition shared by the two countries’ high-level leaders.

The two sides shared the intention to promote cooperation in efficient energy consumption and the introduction of high efficient coal-fired power generation technology, which would contribute to efficient energy use and environmental protection in Viet Nam.

The two sides confirmed their cooperation in implementing human resource development projects to support the formulation of energy policies aiming at stabilizing electricity demand and supply in Viet Nam . The two sides shared the intention to work together towards the effective implementation of the model project on industrial waste power generation system in Hanoi , conducted by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and its dissemination to other provinces in Viet Nam.

The two sides shared the intention to continue working together for the development of mining and processing industries of rare earths in Viet Nam.

About the Environment, climate change and disaster management, The two sides decided to continue their cooperation in the effective implementation of the “Memorandum of Cooperation between Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, the Social Republic of Viet Nam and Ministry of the Environment, Japanon Environmental Cooperation” signed in December 2013. The two sides shared the intention to enhance cooperation through ICT workshops on disaster management so as to actively address environmental protection and disaster management issues. The two sides welcomed progress in the establishment of Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) between Viet Nam and Japan based on “Memorandum of Cooperation on Low Carbon Growth between the Vietnamese side and the Japanese side” signed in July 2013, and decided on a steady implementation of the JCM in Viet Nam as well as promoting the JCM as an effective mechanism for low carbon growth in the international arena.

The Japanese side expressed its commitment to continue providing assistance to Viet Nam for response to climate change.

The Vietnamese side highly appreciated Japan ‘s commitment to providing next-generation electric vehicles to Hanoi.

The two sides acknowledged the importance of and affirmed their continued cooperation in the areas ofair pollution control and watersupplyand sewerage systems. The Japanese side expressed its readiness to support the Vietnamese side in this area through the utilization of advanced technologiesthat Japan ‘s municipalitiesand private companies have comparative advantages.

The two sides shared the intention to work together to effectively implement the “Memorandum on Cooperation in the field of Water-Related Disaster Managementand Climate Change Adaptation between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan” signed in September 2013. President Truong Tan Sang welcomed Japan ‘s hosting of the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai in March 2015. The two sides shared the intention to cooperate for the success of this Conference.

Cooperation in ASEAN and the MekongRegion: The two sides welcomed the success of the ASEAN-Japan Summit to commemorate 40 years of ASEAN-Japan dialogue relations and the 5th Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting held in December 2013 and decided to closely cooperate to bring the results of these meetings into implementation. The Japanese side expressedits support for ASEAN’s centrality in the regional architecture and its readiness to continue its active assistance for enhancing regional connectivity and narrowing development gaps within the region toward the establishment of the ASEAN Community in 2015.

The two sides highly valued the positive results of the Green Mekong Forum and affirmed their intention to continue cooperation, along with other relevant organizations, in particular the Mekong River Commission (MRC), in exchange information and researching, such as cooperation for a study on sustainable management and development of the Mekong River, including on the impact of mainstream hydro-power projectsto promote sustainable development and management of water resources of the Mekong River. The Japanese side decided that priority would be given to projects in agriculture, health, investment, trade, tourism and infrastructure development in the East-West Economic Corridor (EWEC), the Southern Corridor, and the Cambodia-Laos-Viet Nam development triangle in order to strengthen connectivity and narrow development gap within Mekong sub-region.

The Vietnamese side welcomed Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s initiative on consultations with ASEAN countries for the holding of an informal meeting between Japan and ASEAN involving ministers in charge of defense matters to discuss non-traditional security issues including disaster prevention.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe welcomed that Viet Nam is considering positively the convening of the third Expanded ASEAN Maritime Forum this year, and the two sides decided to cooperate toward the success of the Forum.

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