June, 07 2012 17:56:50

Japan sets to improve sea ports and drainage in Da Nang

DA NANG – Japan will help the coastal central city improve its deep sea ports, drainage and water supply systems, as well as boost exports in Da Nang and the central region of Viet Nam, Hideo Suzuki, Minister-Counsellor of the Japanese embassy in Viet Nam said during a visit here today.

He said Da Nang is situated in the central region of Viet Nam and at the end of the East-West Economic Corridor – linking Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Viet Nam. Thus it is highly important to boost the economy in the central region.

Chairman of Da Nang City people's committee Van Huu Chien said the city needs Japan to launch direct flights from Japan to Da Nang in the future as well as improve the city's ports.

As scheduled, groups of Japanese investors will come to study the feasibility of sewage treatment and water supply projects next year.

Chief representative of Japan International Co-operation Agency (JICA) Viet Nam, Tsuno Motonori said JICA will have more discussions on improving the city's Tien Sa port's second phase of Lien Chieu port in coming years.

"Japanese investors will finish their feasibility studies on drainage and water supply systems for the city in the middle of next year. JICA will consider enlarging the project of the Tien Sa port soon," Tsuno said.

"JICA also help Da Nang in co-operation with Yokohama city in building Da Nang as a green city in the future," he added.

Da Nang has two big ports including Tien Sa and Lien Chieu ports.

However, Tien Sa port only allows access of 30,000 DWT (deadweight tonnage) ships, while 50,000 DWT container ships can dock at Lien Chieu.

The city currently has 54 investment projects from Japan worth US$252 million – the fourth biggest investment of the city's total foreign investment capital of $3.45 billion. – VNS

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