Sep 13, 2016 / 13:05

Japan’s ODA cooperation in Vietnam successful: JICA President

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will continue to support Vietnam to develop infrastructure projects, JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka affirmed at a press conference in Hanoi on September 10 as part of his official visit to Vietnam.

Speaking at the conference, JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka said Japan’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) cooperation in Vietnam had been successful thanks to the efforts of Vietnam and Japan.
President of the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) Shinichi Kitaoka attends a press conference.
President of the Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) Shinichi Kitaoka attends a press conference.
The two countries have worked to seek the best form and sector in which to work together in the recent years.
President Kitaoka said that Japan spent a large amount on Southeast Asia including Vietnam, Myanmar, Indonesia and Philippines. Vietnam received the greatest amount of aid among those countries.
Japan now supported 60 percent of ODA to Vietnam.
Japan had supported Indonesia for 50 years, whereas it had supported Vietnam for only 20 years, but the quantity and quality of the support was in no way inferior, the JICA President said.
The quality of Japan’s ODA support to Vietnam is very good, he said.
Developed countries such as the US and UK supported African countries since the 1950s, but Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in different countries in the Sahara Desert is only about 1,000 USD per year, according to the JICA President.
Whereas, the figure in Vietnam is more than 2,000 USD, and the figure in some other countries in the area is nearly 10,000 USD, he added.
In order to implement ODA cooperations effectively in the time ahead, he said that the two countries should define which projects need priority, and discuss the search for suitable methods.
Vietnam would use ODA successfully when the country balanced infrastructure and other sectors including education, health and insurance, Kitaoka noted.
Through the visit, Kitaoka believed that Japan should continue to support Vietnam in developing infrastructure. 
JICA would work with the Vietnamese Government to discuss the priority order for different projects, he said.
He said that transport in Vietnam has developed quickly compared with a few of years ago, and most of the residents can use automobiles in the next 10 years.
Vietnam should develop the system of metro, the JICA President suggested.
President Kitaoka hoped that the two countries would boost their cooperation, limit harms caused by climate change, reduce the rich-and-poor gap and join hands in training work forces.