Senior volunteers from Japan have provided practical assistance to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Vietnam and Can Tho City hopes to benefit from the programme, an official of the Mekong Delta city has said.

At a June 11 working session with representatives from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Truong Quang Hoai Nam, Vice Chairman of Can Tho People’s Committee said more than 90 percent of businesses in the city are SMEs, thus JICA’s Senior Volunteer Programme will be very useful for the city.

Senior volunteers are Japanese volunteers from 40-69 years old, who are motivated by volunteers’ spirit and possess practical knowledge and technical skills backed up by their own abundant working experience in a wide range of fields.

Since the launch of the programme in 2001, a total of 130 senior Japanese volunteers had been sent to Vietnam as of February this year to work for various technical assistance projects. They are mainly active in such fields as Productivity Management, Quality Management, Business Management, Factory Management and Marketing.-VNA