|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (left) meets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
KUALA LUMPUR (VNS) — Japan will continue providing official development assistance (ODA) worth JPY172 billion (US$1.4 billion), bringing total Japanese ODA for Viet Nam to a record JPY300 billion yen ($2.5 billion) in fiscal year 2015.
The announcement was made during the meeting between Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe upon his arrival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday evening to attend the two-day 27th ASEAN Summit and related high-level meetings.
Abe informed Dung that the continued ODA would be for three projects of HCM City Metro Line 01 from Ben Thanh-Suoi Tien, Thai Binh Thermal Power Plant and the project to clean the water environment of HCM City.
The two PMs agreed to strengthen co-operation within the framework of the $110 billion credit plan announced by Abe in May this year to the development of high quality infrastructure in Asia.
Also at the meeting, the two PMs agreed that the strategic partnership between the two countries had developed practically and effectively.
They exchanged ideas on major orientations and concrete measures to implement high-level agreements between the two countries.
They agreed to implement an industrialisation development strategy in the framework of Viet Nam-Japan co-operation and to boost the implementation of the medium-and long-term vision for agricultural co-operation. They also agreed to develop supporting industry and human resource training for Viet Nam and enhance co-operation in energy and nuclear power.
Dung and Abe agreed to speed up the project of the Viet Nam-Japan University so that it can be implemented in 2016.
The two sides agreed to continue close co-operation in multilateral forums and mechanisms for international co-operation, promote the ratification and implementation of TPP, the negotiations of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), seek to reach agreements at the Conference of the Parties to the Framework Convention of the United Nations on climate change coming up in Paris, France (COP21).
The two sides also exchanged views on international issues and areas of mutual interest, emphasising the importance of ensuring peace, freedom, security, maritime and aviation safety on the basis of international law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea in 1982, enforcement of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, the Code of Conduct to be achieved, and not militarising the East Sea.
Dung invited Abe to visit Viet Nam soon and the invitation was accepted.
Earlier yesterday, the Viet Nam delegation actively participated and contributed ideas at a number of foreign ministerial-level meetings in preparation for the 27th ASEAN Summit and related meetings, including the 17th meeting of the ASEAN Co-ordinating Council (ACC) and the 13th meeting of the ASEAN Political-Security Community Council (APSC).
During the meetings, the ministers reviewed and completed all aspects of the preparation of the agenda, activity programme and documents for the summit and other related meetings.
The leaders are expected to sign three documents, including the 2015 Declaration on the Establishment of the ASEAN Community, the Declaration on the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the ASEAN Convention to Combat Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children. Another 20 documents will be adopted related to many important areas of co-operation within ASEAN and between ASEAN and its partners.
The ministers also spent time discussing the situation of the world and the region, including the East Sea; emphasising that ASEAN should enhance co-operation in dealing with strategic issues in the region, promote solidarity and unity in the community, actively address challenges and work effectively.
Speaking at the meetings, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, who led the Vietnamese delegation, stressed that building the ASEAN was a continuous and long term process.
ASEAN should continue to consolidate and deepen the connection in the next stage, he said, suggesting that ASEAN needed to effectively implement the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and implementation plans on three pillars of politic-security, economy, culture-society.
Regarding the East Sea, Minh urged ASEAN to continue to suggest a common voice and present a proactive role in this regard to ensure peace, stability, security and safety of maritime and airways. He emphasised on the adherence to the principles of international law and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS), full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and the early completion of the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).
Also yesterday, Minh met his Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan.
During the meeting, both sides exchanged a number of measures to further enhance efficient strategic partnership between Viet Nam and Singapore. They agreed to continue close co-operation, strengthening business connections and promote links through regional mechanisms such as ASEAN and Trans-Pacific Partnership.
The two sides also exchanged views on the soon-to-negotiate and sign agreement with Viet Nam to send labourers to work in Singapore.
The two sides shared the need to urge relevant parties to fully implement the DOC and serious, substantive negotiations soon on COC, contribute to the maintenance of peace, stability, freedom and maritime and airway security and safety in the East Sea as well as strengthening the central role of ASEAN in the region. — VNS