Japan willing to share its experience in ocean policy with Vietnam

Wednesday, 2018-09-05 17:05:23
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The international seminar discusses the experience of both the Japanese and Vietnamese sides in marine economic development and ocean policy.
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NDO - Japan is willing to share its experiences in advanced marine technologies and science, which are its strengths, with Vietnam, a senior Japanese official has said.

The statement was made by Japanese Minister of State for Ocean Policy, Fukui Teru, during an international workshop held in Hanoi on September 5.

Japan's marine and oceanographic research experience, as well as its experience in the formulation and implementation of marine policies and strategies, were shared with the Vietnamese side at the event, which was co-chaired by Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Tran Hong Ha, and Japanese Minister of State for Ocean Policy, Fukui Teru.

The event gathered representatives from the relevant agencies, experts and scientists in marine economic development and oceanographic research from both sides.

At the conference, Minister Ha affirmed that Vietnam and Japan have many common aspects related to the sea that are associated with the survival and development process of both nations for thousands of years. Both countries attach importance to the protection of marine resources and the environment, building an outlook to take advantage of marine resources for socio-economic development, he said.

Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha speaks at the seminar.

The Vietnamese minister also informed that Vietnam issued its Marine Strategy by 2020 in 2007, targeting to promote the potential of the sea in the 21st century to meet the needs of marine economic development, environmental protection and response to climate change. In the same year, Japan also promulgated Basic Act on Ocean Policy and the First Basic Plan on Ocean Policy.

For his part, Minister Fukui Teru said that marine technology is an extremely important foundation for marine resources development, disaster preparedness and solutions to global problems.

Japan will share its experiences in the field of marine research, seaport development and consolidating state management agencies over the sea with Vietnam, he stated, adding that Japan's efforts in solving ocean plastic waste will also be discussed at the workshop.

Fukui Teru, Japanese Minister of State for Ocean Policy, delivers his speech at the event.

Participants also identified opportunities and challenges for marine economic development, conservation and protection of marine resources in the context climate change, sea level rises and ocean waste pollution, and the lessons learned in coastal and marine space management for the socio-economic development.

They also proposed mechanisms for exchanges and the sharing of knowledge about the sea, experiences in marine and ocean development and policy making through annual workshops and conferences.

TRUNG HUNG