Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee - Pham Tan Hoa (fourth from right) received and worked with the delegation
At the meeting, Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee - Pham Tan Hoa expressed his thanks for Japan's help to Vietnam in recent years. At the same time, he said that from 2014 up to now, Long An province has also had many exchanges with localities of Japan such as Hyogo Prefecture, Wakayama Prefecture, Oita Prefecture, Komaki City of Aichi Prefecture, Yokohama City of Kangawa Prefecture, Ibaraki Prefecture. In cooperation with Japan, currently in Long An province, there are 160 projects of Japanese enterprises investing in the province with a total capital of more than 532 million USD, ranking 4th in terms of number of projects and 5th in terms of total capital among countries and territories investing in Long An. Operating mainly in the field of manufacturing artificial wood planks and wood products, mechanical engineering - machine building, manufacturing - assembling electronic components, mechanical processing, agricultural - fishery processing, garment industry ... Trade turnover between Long An and Japan in the first 9 months of 2020 is 554.4 million USD, of which Long An exports to Japan is 215.3 million USD, mainly food, garment products, textile and clothing and imports were 339.1 million USD, mainly machinery and equipment. To support the activities of Japanese businesses, every year the Long An province government organizes dialogues with businesses in the province.
In recent years, Long An province has also received support from the government and associations of Japan in rural bridge construction projects, providing equipment for clinics and hospitals in remote areas, remote areas of the province. Currently, Long An province is receiving 01 Japanese volunteer to work at Long An Provincial General Hospital for 2 years according to JICA's Japanese Volunteer Program (due to Covid therefore, this volunteer has returned home and is expected to return to Long An General Hospital in the end of 2020). This is the second volunteer that Long An province has received from JICA. In the coming time, it is expected that the Provincial Psychiatric Hospital will continue to receive JICA's volunteers to perform volunteering at the locality.
On behalf of the delegation, Mr. Chikahiro Masuda - Chief Representative of JICA Office in Ho Chi Minh City, said that Vietnam was the first country in the world that the Japanese Government agreed to send volunteers back to work due to good relations between the two countries and the Government of Vietnam successfully controlled the Covid-19 epidemic. He wished that the province would create good conditions for volunteers to return to work at the provincial General Hospital to have an effective term (from April 2019 to April 2021). He said Japan International Cooperation Agency JICA will continue to discuss cooperation and assistance programs in all fields for Long An province in the coming time.
Reported by Ngoc Lan
Translated by NT