Japan shares experience in ocean policy with VN
17:23 | 06/09/2018
VGP - An international workshop to share Japan’s experience in shaping its ocean policy and enhance cooperation in the field was held in Ha Noi on September 5.

The international seminar discusses the experience of both the Japanese and Vietnamese sides in marine economic development and ocean policy.

The event was held by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Japanese Embassy in Viet Nam.

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.

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

At the conference, Minister Ha affirmed that Viet Nam 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 have paid attention to protecting marine resources and the environment, as well as building visions to make use of resources from the sea to boost socio-economic development, he said.

The Vietnamese minister also informed that Viet Nam 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. 

Also in 2007, Japan issued the Basic Act on Ocean Policy and the First Basic Plan on Ocean Policy.

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

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 Viet Nam.

He noted that marine techniques and technologies are critical for optimising marine resources and working out solutions to prevent natural disasters and solve global issues.

Fukui Teru expressed his hope that Japan’s experiences would contribute to Viet Nam’s economic development and competitiveness. 

In addition, participants 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.

                                                                                                                    By Vien Nhu

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