Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

Signing ceremony for VASS – JICA memorandum of cooperation and kick-off workshop for VASS – JICA joint activities.

08/08/2019

Promoting the tradition of close cooperation between the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences (VASS) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Vietnam co-organized the signing ceremony of the memorandum and kick-off workshop for cooperation on July 24 at VASS Headquarters in Hanoi, looking to realize the Vietnam - Japan strategic partnership and contribute to the achievement of Vietnam's industrialization and modernization strategy.

Signing ceremony for VASS – JICA memorandum of cooperation

Attending the workshop, on the VASS side: Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan, President of the Academy; Dr Dang Xuan Thanh, Vice President of the Academy; Assoc.Prof.Dr. Dam Thanh The, Chief of the Office of the National Steering Committee for combating smuggling, trade fraud, and counterfeits - Senior collaborator of VASS; and representatives of Academy's Office leader, leaders, experts and specialists from the units under the Academy. On the side of JICA, Mr. Konaka Tetsuo, Chief Representative of JICA's Vietnam Office; Mr. Murooka Naomichi, Deputy Chief Representative of JICA's Vietnam Office and JICA’s experts. The workshop also had journalists from central and Hanoi press agencies.

Opening the program is the signing ceremony for VASS – JICA memorandum of cooperation. After careful discussion and preparation, the two sides reached a consensus on the cooperation framework for the three years (2019-2021), including the following three cooperation contents: (1) Collaborate in research and provide input for drafting Vietnam's Socio-Economic Development Strategy 2021 - 2030; (2) Supporting some localities to develop their 5-year Socio-Economic Development Plan; (3) Collaborative research on (or with) emerging Asian countries. Besides, JICA Vietnam will provide the necessary support to promote coordination in research activities in the future between VASS and JICA. These contents are shown in the VASS – JICA memorandum of cooperation.

Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan delivered the opening speech of the signing ceremony Mr. Konaka Tetsuo spoke at the signing ceremony

Opening remarks at the signing ceremony, VASS's President Nguyen Quang Thuan emphasized that JICA - VASS cooperation has achieved good cooperation results not only in bilateral but also in tripartite (between VASS, JICA and another unit) in the years recently; especially the support of JICA for VASS in the implementation of political tasks; one of the most important tasks of this period was to contribute to the construction of the document of Party Congress XIII.

Chief Representative of JICA's Vietnam, Mr Konaka Tetsuo said the memorandum is the framework for cooperation between JASS and JICA during the three years (2019-2021), but he hoped this would be a cooperative relationship forever. He also commented that Vietnam would need a lot of support in the coming period; therefore, JICA has expected to help Vietnam develop sustainably and achieve the millennium goals.

Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Chien Thang, Deputy Director of Vietnam Institute of Economics gave a presentation at the workshop Presentation of Mr. Murooka Naomichi - Deputy Representative of JICA Vietnam at the workshop

After the signing ceremony was the content of the kick-off scientific workshop between the two agencies. The workshop consists of 2 sessions co-chaired by Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan and Mr. Konaka Tetsuo.

Session 1: VASS - JICA Cooperation supports the development of Ha Giang province. The workshop was heard by experts from both sides on two topics. First topic: Implementing research of VASS in Ha Giang and JICA's cooperation orientation in local development - Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Chien Thang, Vietnam Institute of Economics; Assoc.Prof.Dr. Nguyen Van Minh, Institute of Anthropology; Dr. Le Anh Vu, Centre for Analysis and Forecast. The second topic: Assessing the potential of international cooperation with tourism development in Ha Giang - Mr Murooka Naomichi, Deputy Chief Representative of JICA's Vietnam Office. Through analyzing the advantages and disadvantages of Ha Giang province, the experts have identified the potentials and prospects of tourism development in the province and proposed the development of provincial tourism towards sustainability associated with agriculture and local handicraft industries; in other words, developing towards ecotourism.

Session 2: JASS - JICA support for Ben Tre province development. Mr. Tomita presented the content of Japanese Support in agricultural development in Ben Tre province and orientated to cooperate with VASS. Through initial analysis of potential agricultural products of Ben Tre, JICA proposed to make Ben Tre become a Post-Harvest Center of the Mekong Delta with 3 of the top 1 products of the province: green skin pomelo, coconut and rambutan. After successfully deploying these 3 products, it is possible to continue with the top 2 product groups: cacao, longan, and mango.

Overview of the signing ceremony of memorandum and kick-off workshop for VASS – JICA cooperation

Summary, Prof.Dr. Nguyen Quang Thuan emphasized that VASS and JICA have cooperated in many fields over the past 9 years, especially the support of successful cooperation in Lam Dong province in building a policy model of innovation to develop and promote investment in the agricultural sector. The President highly appreciated JICA's experience in implementing cooperation models. Thereby, he hoped that JICA would work closely with VASS, Ha Giang and Ben Tre provinces to promote sustainable development of tourism and trade in Ha Giang and on agriculture adapting to climate change in Ben Tre. At the same time, he particularly emphasized that the research results in Ben Tre were not only meaningful to the Mekong Delta but also to the Vietnamese government based on the position and importance of the Mekong Delta in the socio-economic development of the whole country. On this occasion, President Nguyen Quang Thuan also asked the experts of the two sides to discuss, after this signing ceremony will take the initiative in planning specific cooperation programs such as workshops, discourses, and conferences; At the same time, he suggested some common research topics such as population aging, urbanization and assigned to Assoc.Prof.Dr. Le Phuoc Minh as the contact point for cooperation projects of VASS - JICA.

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