The 14th environment ministers’ meeting between Vietnam and the RoK takes place in Seoul on December 20 (Photo: VNA)

Seoul (VNA) – The Republic of Korea (RoK) is ready to assist Vietnam in building the capacity of protecting the environment and responding to climate change, and in making relevant laws and regulations.

RoK Minister of Environment Cho Myung-rae made the statement at the 14th environment ministers’ meeting between Vietnam and the RoK, which took place in Seoul on December 20 to review bilateral cooperation and discuss partnership for the time ahead.

Addressing the function, Vietnamese Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha appreciated the RoK Ministry of Environment’s cooperation with and assistance for Vietnam through training programmes, expert exchanges, support projects and technology transfer. 

That has helped the country develop human resources and improve its capacity in environmental protection, water resources management and hydro-meteorological forecasting, he noted.

The minister asked the RoK side to continue prioritising support for manpower training in natural resources and environmental protection since human is the first factor in every project.

Ha suggested the two countries’ universities strengthen links through direct or distance training. He also asked the RoK side to keep sending experts to advise Vietnam on amendments to waste treatment regulations and environmental standards.

Minister Cho shared the view that the RoK is carrying out a law on resource circulation, and it can help Vietnam with recycling waste and wastewater.

The country is experienced in the management of waste and wastewater from industrial zones, and it is also willing to assist Vietnam in this regard, he said.

The official pledged support in making plans on water resources management and biodiversity protection, adding that many RoK businesses now want to invest in Vietnam’s renewable energy sector.

He agreed that his ministry will make stronger efforts to turn partnership in natural resources and environment into one of the leading fields of the countries’ cooperation. –VNA