Japan has decided to provide Vietnam with six used boats and maritime security equipment in a non-refundable aid package worth ¥500 million (US$4.87 million), as support for Vietnam to improve its marine law enforcement capability.
The aid is indicated in a diplomatic note signed between visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh at the sixth meeting of the Vietnam-Japan Cooperation Committee in Hanoi on Friday.
“The international security environment has become fiercer and fiercer. Deputy Prime Minister Minh and I agreed that maritime cooperation is an indispensable part of ensuring peace and security in the region,” the Japanese official said.
He expressed his hope that these boats, which can be upgraded to become patrol vessels, and the equipment will contribute to improving the capability of Vietnamese marine law enforcement forces at sea.
These boats are 600-800 ton class vessels. Two are fisheries surveillance boats and the others are fishing boats.
Beside the above aid package, the Japanese government also pledged in the above diplomatic note that it would provide Vietnam another non-refundable aid of ¥353 million ($3.4 million) for a human resources development scholarship program in 2014.
At the meeting, Fumio Kishida affirmed that Japan will maintain a high level of ODA provision for Vietnam, focusing on supporting growth, enhancing competitiveness, improving market economy mechanisms, training human resources and preventing natural disasters.
Deputy PM Minh expressed thanks to the Japanese government for its ODA provision and said Vietnam greatly appreciates Japan’s active and constructive contribution to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.
He also said Vietnam undertakes to use the Japanese ODA source effectively and efficiently for its social and economic development projects.
The host and guest also agreed to take measures to effectively implement cooperation agreements signed by high-level officials, particularly major infrastructure projects such as the Ninh Thuan 2 nuclear power plant, the North-South Highway, and the Lach Huyen port in northern Hai Phong city.
The two officials expressed satisfaction over the growing agricultural cooperation between the two countries in recent times. They also discussed ways to carry out a number of projects such as the Bach Dang Bridge, Can Tho University, and the Vietnam – Japan University.
Both sides also reached a consensus that all disputes in the East Vietnam Sea should be settled by the parties concerned through peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Vietnam Sea (DOC).
As part of his visit to Vietnam, Kishida visited the Thang Long Citadel yesterday and is scheduled to visit the Hoa Lac High-Tech Park in Hanoi.