Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) and Shinichi Kitaoka, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Japan’s official development assistance (ODA) has significantly contributed to Vietnam’s socio-economic development over the past years, especially in infrastructure development, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said on September 14.

At a Hanoi reception for Shinichi Kitaoka, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the PM said as the agency in charge of coordinating Japan’s ODA to Vietnam, JICA has made remarkable contributions to cooperation between the two countries.

Vietnam has used the capital for right purposes and manage it effectively, he said, adding that the quality of ODA projects has also been ensured.   

He called on Japan to continue its ODA supply for Vietnam, focusing on high-quality infrastructure, personnel training, climate change response, administrative reform, the utilisation of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, business environment improvement, and experience exchange in high-quality agriculture.

Talking about the Vietnam-Japan University, the PM said leaders of the two countries will continue to coordinate in seeking suitable mechanisms in support of its development.

PM Phuc expressed his belief that with the fruitful development of the bilateral ties, Vietnam and Japan will overcome difficulties to address issues regarding ODA and non-refundable aid.

The leader highlighted the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership and urged the two sides to maintain and uphold the relationship for both present and future generations.

In any circumstances, Vietnam-Japan relations still develop strongly and firmly, he said.

For his part, Shinichi Kitaoka expressed his delight at Vietnam’s socio-economic development over the past 30 years, which was recorded with the role of Japan’s ODA.

He informed PM Phuc that JICA has implemented many cooperation projects with Vietnam this year, focusing on infrastructure development, improvement of values of the industry and production, environmental protection, climate change and natural disaster combat, and human resources development.-VNA