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Can Tho (VNA)
- Can Tho city, with its position as a development driving force of the Southwest region, is selected as a main cooperation partner of Japan’s Hiroshima prefecture in improving the environment in the Mekong Delta region, a Hiroshima official has said.

Kazuki Matsubara, who is in charge of foreign relations and trade of Hiroshima prefecture, made the statement at a working session with representatives of the People’s Committee of Can Tho city on May 30.

The two localities’ officials discussed how to connect enterprises operating in improving the environment in Can Tho and the Mekong Delta with those in Hiroshima.

Matsubara said climate change is a global issue and the Mekong Delta is one of the world’s three deltas that are the most severely affected by climate change, especially in terms of water and saline intrusion.

Changes in the region’s natural advantages have affected production models and habits of local residents, threatening the region’s development, he noted.

He revealed that in recent years, Hiroshima has actively shared Japan’s technologies and new scientific achievements related to environmental treatment with other countries over the world, which was made through expanding cooperation and connections among its enterprises with those in countries that are facing serious challenges caused by climate change, including Vietnam.

Matsubara hoped Can Tho will play the role as a bridge to support the expansion and development of hi-tech models adaptive to climate change in Mekong Delta provinces and cities, thus deciding optimal solutions suitable with the actual situation of the region, helping to remove difficulties and obstacles in environmental treatment.

Japanese delegates introduced Hiroshima’s advanced technology achievements in improving the environment such as organic agricultural production, waste collecting and recycling technology, plastic recycling technology, gas monitoring technology in thermal power plants.

They noted the need to promote cooperation among localities and relevant sectors in the Mekong Delta to enhance the efficiency in the work.

Dao Anh Dung, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, highlighted the significance of connection with Hiroshima to the region’s socio-economic development and environmental protection goals.

The municipal authorities will create favourable conditions for the two localities’ enterprises to enhance economic and investment links, and to transfer technologies in the environmental sector, he affirmed.

As scheduled, eight enterprises operating in environmental treatment from Hiroshima, namely Aina, Ogawa Econos, Futaba, Sankyo, Chugai Technos, Furukawa, Hionomaru Sangyo, Mikuniya Japan and Tromso, will attend the Can Tho Investment Promotion Conference 2018 in August.-VNA