HA NOI — A seminar on experiences and experiments in energy conservation and environmental management in Japan was held in Ha Noi yesterday.
The seminar focused on introducing Japanese experiments as well as specific experiences of Japanese companies regarding information technology in disaster prevention and energy conservation.
A memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Information and Communications of Viet Nam (Viet Nam MIC) and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan (Japan MIC) was signed in September 2010. The two sides agreed to co-operate in applying information technology to environmental activities and energy saving practices through a pilot project (Viet Nam-Japan ICT Field Experiment Project Trial) in 2012.
The project is aimed at the prevention of natural disasters and saving energy through information and communication systems and sensor networks.
The project is done by Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI), under the supervision and budgeting of Japan MIC and the Viet Nam National Institute of Software and Digital Content Industry (NISCI) – Viet Nam MIC.
The results of the pilot project will provide an important basis for the approval of official development assistance to expand the environmental monitoring and natural disaster warning system in Vietnamese localities, which may extend to other Southeast Asian nations.
At the conference, Director General of the IT Application Department under the Viet Nam MIC, Nguyen Thanh Phuc said that energy conservation is an urgent concern. In Viet Nam, efficient energy saving is becoming particularly important in the midst of the great energy losses in production and transportation.
Meanwhile, Japan's frequent natural disasters like earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis have made Japan focus research in IT on disaster management, environmental protection and energy conservation.
Phuc hopes that the seminar will bring more useful information for both Viet Nam and Japan and promote co-operation between MICs and businesses in both countries. — VNS