Outgoing Vice Chief Representative of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Masaei Matsunaga was presented with the “For peace and friendship between nations” insignia from the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO).

The award was handed over by VUFO Vice President Don Tuan Phong at a ceremony in Hanoi on May 25.

Speaking at the ceremony, Phong spoke highly of Masaei Matsunaga’s contributions to enhancing friendship, mutual understanding, exchange and cooperation between Vietnam and Japan during his tenure from 2009-2012.

Masaei Matsunaga has accelerated Japan ’s involvement in international cooperative activities to support Vietnam through the JICA Partnership Programme, Phong said.

He also helped arrange for delegations from Japanese universities, local authorities and non-governmental organisations to visit projects in Vietnam , Phong said, noting that such activities help Japanese people understand more about the land and people of Vietnam .

Phong applauded the JICA official’s engagement in programmes to send Japanese volunteers to assist Vietnam in areas such as health care, rural development, teaching the Japanese language and supporting disabled children, as well as projects to help the country strengthen State administration.

Masaei Matsunaga promised to continue his contributions to enhancing friendship between the two countries.-VNA