The fourth meeting of Vietnam-Japan Joint Committee on Science and Technology was held on March 29 in Hanoi, focusing its discussion on hi-tech agriculture, environmentally-friendly technology, climate change adaption and the proper use of water resources.

Addressing the event, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Tran Quoc Khanh spoke highly of joint research projects between the two countries, especially within the framework of the “Science and Technology Research Partnership for Sustainable Development” (SATREPS) and the East Asian Science and Innovation Area Joint Research Programme (e-ASIA JRP).

During the discussions, the two sides conducted a comprehensive review of their opportunities and challenges for collaboration and sought solutions to expand their cooperation.

Inked in 2006, the Vietnam-Japan Agreement on Science and Technology has facilitated joint initiatives in the field and produced positive outcomes, including biotechnology projects between Vietnam’s Agricultural Genetics Institute and Japan’s Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) as well as aerospace projects between the Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology and the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Other institutes and experts from both countries in the field have worked closely to exchange information and undertake research studies on topics of mutual interest.-VNA