Japan helps operate reservoirs, manage floods

At the meeting, the Senior Vice Minister briefed participants on the progress of the city’s infrastructure projects in the north-south planning area between International Noi Bai Airport and Nhat Tan Bridge, Hanoi’s waste water system, a multi-storey car park, real estate exhibitions and fair of Asian nations in Japan. The Vice Minister asked the city’s leader to create favourable conditions for Japanese partners to implement the projects as scheduled. Hanoi municipal People’s Committee Vice Chairman Nguyen Van Suu, thanked Japan for assisting the city in providing ODA in various fields such as infrastructure development, transport and culture. He also agreed to co-ordinate with Japanese partners to complete Japan-funded projects aiming to improve people’s living conditions by solving urgent environmental issues such as transport and sanitation.... [read more]

Local media reported on October 9 that the officials from Vietnam Railways' projects management unit RPMU have been charged with "power abuse," a crime punishable by a 15-year jail term. The two-day trial will start in Hanoi on October 26. According to the indictment, the officials started receiving the money from Japan Transportation Consultants Inc. (JTC) in September 2009, after they signed a contract on technical consultancy for Hanoi's first urban railway. Pham Hai Bang, 46, the then manager of the project and deputy chief of RPMU, allegedly told JTC's management that his unit was having financial problems. By the time the case was busted in February 2014, a total of JPY69.9 million had been sent to Bang and two other officials, Pham Quang Duy and Nguyen Nam Thai, prosecutors said. The money was then used for both official and personal purposes, including entertainment expenses for partners, according to prosecutors. Tran Quoc Dong, 51, Tran Van Luc, 57, and Nguyen Van Hieu, 53, who acted as chiefs of RPMU between 2009 and 2014, allegedly received VND30-VND100 million (US$1,300-US$4,400) each from Bang as "Lunar New Year gifts." After being arrested last year, all the former chiefs returned the money they had received. Duy and Thai submitted VND65 million and VND600 million (US$2,800-US$26,500), respectively, in an apparent effort to reduce the gravity of their crime. Bang also surrendered VND970 million (US$42,900) and US$7,000 in cash and two bank passbooks with nearly VND1 billion (US$44,200) in his relatives' names. Suspended funding Vietnamese authorities…... [read more]

The Chairman of the Dong Nai provincial People’s Committee, Dinh Quoc Thai, spoke highly of Japanese investors’ operations in the province during his reception for a delegation from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on June 12. Thai said that through JICA support, a US$35 million project to build an 18-ha workshop area for Japanese businesses in the Nhon Trach 3 industrial park will be implemented soon. At the working session, the Dong Nai leader signed an agreement on conducting field work for the project. Currently, the numbers of Japanese businesses showing interest and operating in Dong Nai have been increasing. In the first five months of this year, the province licensed 15 Japan-funded projects with a total registered capital of US$162 million, accounting for over 60 percent of the total investment in the locality in the period. Japan is now one of the four leading foreign investors in Dong Nai, with 132 operational projects worth US$2.73 billion. Among famous Japanese names operating in the province are Fujitsu, Olympus, Toshiba, Sanyo, Ajinomoto, Mabuchi, Sojitz, Kao, Shiseido, Ojitex, Muto, Hisamitsu, Belmond Manufacturing and Maspro Vietnam.... [read more]

Mr Fumio said that JBIC’s operations focus on developing natural resources for Japan, sharpening the competitive edge of Japanese technology, coping with financial changes and carrying out global environmental protection projects. JBIC is very keen to expand its investments in Asia including Vietnam, Mr Fumio emphasised. Over the past few years, JBIC has funded a number of projects in Vietnam and provided capital for the Vietnam Coal and Mineral Industry Group. In the near future, JIBC will continue to invest in projects to build an International gateway port in Hai Phong, petro-chemical refineries in Nghi Son and Long Son. In addition, JBIC also wants to promote investment and trade links with Vietnam to help the country develop its capital market. Mr Ninh thanked the Japanese Government for assisting Vietnam to develop its business operations and said that many Japan-funded projects in Vietnam have proved very effective and recorded satisfactory results.... [read more]

In 2007, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) issued a decision to monitor and assess ODA-funded programmes and projects for 2006-2010 with the aim of enhancing the effective use of ODA funding in Vietnam. Under the decision, Vietnam has built a system to evaluate projects. However, the system is not operating effectively due to poor skills of management staff involved in this field. For this reason, ODA donors and the Vietnamese government still have no standard tools for assessing the efficiency of ODA-funded projects in Vietnam. Since 2007, the MPI and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has closely worked on a cooperation programme to improve the capacity for evaluating and effectively implementing Japan-funded projects in the country. The Vietnam-Japan joint evaluation programme has helped Vietnam enhance its evaluation capacity on a sustainable basis. The Deputy Chief Representative of JICA Vietnam, Nagase Toshio, says in four years (2007-2011), the cooperation programme has completed 11 projects in Vietnam to improve the evaluation of projects in both state and private sectors. The programme was based on joint efforts of both countries. Initially, the Vietnamese side was only involved in some parts of the eveluation process such as conducting fact-finding tours or making project reports. After three years, Vietnamese experts have been more active in both mananging and evaluating projects with the assistance of Japanese partners. Of more than 200 central and local cadres who were trained under the programme, 20 have become lecturers, experts and consultants. Cao Manh Cuong, Deputy Head…... [read more]

Da Nang (VNA) – A training seminar took place in the central city of Da Nang on December 2, as part of a Japan-funded project on improving budgeting, contract and risk management capacity of construction projects in Vietnam. The project is sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in a bid to help Vietnam’s project management meet international standards, thus boosting the quality of State-funded facilities. It began in April, 2015 and lasts until March 2018. At the seminar, Deputy Minister of Construction Bui Pham Khanh said his agency has paid particular interest to the project, adding that after one year of preparation under JICA support, positive outcomes have been recorded. Kenichi Yamamoto, deputy chief representative of JICA Vietnam, said the project will bring significant benefits to both Vietnamese and Japanese enterprises. Co-organised by the Ministry of Construction and JICA, a similar seminar was held in Hanoi on November 25 and will come to Ho Chi Minh City on December 8. As the economy grows, Vietnam is engaging in numerous big infrastructure projects. However, weak management of construction quality and labour safety have led to several accidents and disputes that slowed down construction progress and affected the quality./.... [read more]

Prompt actions made to cope with floods in central region Northern central provinces are making utmost efforts to deal with severe floods that have led to widespread damage over the last few days. The standing board of the Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control had a meeting on October 16 to direct flood response in the region. Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Hoang Van Thang, who is also deputy head of the committee’s standing board, asked the affected localities to keep a close watch on the rainfall and flood situation, expeditiously search for the missing and repair roads, and evacuate people in areas prone to flash flood and landslides. Reservoirs must be examined while their release of water must ensure the safety for residents in lower areas. They must also keep an eye on typhoon Sarika, which has entered the East Sea on October 16 morning, and informed vehicles working at sea about it, he added. Heavy rains and floods in the region, including Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri and Thua Thien-Hue, have claimed 15 lives and injured 18 people while nine others went missing. Nearly 100,400 houses, 1,600ha of rice and over 3,000ha of aquatic farming areas have been inundated with floodwater. Thirty-six positions on national roads have been under water or eroded, leading to traffic congestion, according to the committee’s standing office. On late October 15, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung led a delegation of the central steering committee…... [read more]

The project is part of a six-year cooperation programme with the Japanese side that will conclude in November this year. According to Assistant Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Khang, head of the ITSC and the project’s Vietnam director, said the Ministry of Transport approved the project in 2012 and assigned the institute to implement it until 2016. The direct goal of the project was to reduce disasters caused by landslide along Vietnam’s transport arteries through the development of risk assessment technologies, while its long-term objectives included the nationwide application of these technologies to ensure safety for main transport routes. The project also installed landslide monitoring devices in Hai Van railway station, helping alert the Vietnam Railway Corporation and local government of landslide risks in the site to make necessary evacuation. Meanwhile, Dinh Van Tien, director of the project’s management board, noted that Vietnam is facing a high risk of landslide, especially in mountainous areas, due to heavy rainfall and complicated terrain. Japanese ODA-funded projects between 2011 and 2016 have help Vietnam train personnel and develop equipment and a standard system to assess landslide risks, contributing to preventing and reducing disasters in the future. At the same time, Kieu Thuong, Vice Director of the Quang Nam-Danang Railway JSC, held that the landslide monitoring system in Hai Van pass will help the railway sector actively respond to natural disasters, ensuring the safety for passengers and their property. According to the National Steering Committee for Storm and Flood Prevention and Control, 250 flash floods…... [read more]

Tourism activities in 2017 should be prepared carefully Deputy Chairman of HCMC People's Committee Tran Vinh Tuyet chaired meeting to review the International Tourism Exhibition 2016 (ITE 2016) and the Business Partner City Conference 2016 (BPC 2016). Ms. Nguyen Thi Anh Hoa, deputy director of HCMC Department of Tourism said the ITE 2016 attracted 32 countries and territories across over the world, and welcomed over 28,000 visitors. In order to prepare for the ITE 2017, Mr. Tran Vinh Tuyen asked the department to experience good points and difficulties from ITE 2016 then send the report to the committee. Besides, he required the department to summarize the city's tourism resources. The preparations for ITE 2017 must be carried out soon, starting at the beginning of 2017. In addition, the department must organize tourism activities in line with sport facts in 2017. Only a few out of 50 businesses access low interest loans The Department of Industry and Trade of Ho Chi Minh City said that only three out of 50 registrants have been able to access loans under the city's investment stimulation promotion program. The program, implemented ten months ago by the city People's Committee, aims to give businesses incentives in infrastructures and capital to develop industrial production especially support industry. Of the 50 firms registering to get VND300 billion (US$13.45 million) in loans from the program, three have been successful. Previously, the city People's Committee had carried out many programs to help businesses solve difficulties. However, rare of them have…... [read more]

Japenese firm Marubeni Lumber Co plans to develop a wood furniture production factory in central Binh Dinh province's Nhon Hoi Industrial Zone (IZ). — Photo baodautu.vn HA NOI (Biz Hub) — Japanese firm Marubeni Lumber Co plans to develop a wood furniture production factory in central Binh Dinh province's Nhon Hoi Industrial Zone (IZ). Covering 100.000sq.m, the factory will cost US$5 million in its first phrase. Earlier this month, chairman of the provincial People's Committee Ho Quoc Dung thanked the Japanese company for choosing Binh Dinh and pledged to create favourable conditions for the company to do business. As of August, the province's IZs had lured five Japan-funded projects worth a combined total of nearly $30 million, according the Binh Dinh Economic Zone Authority. — VNS... [read more]

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