At the award ceremont (Source: qdnd.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Two Vietnamese agencies on December 13 received the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) President Award 2018 for their contributions to Vietnam’s development through international cooperation.  

The National Banknote Printing Plant (NBPP) under the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) and the Centre for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biologicals (POLYVAC) of the Health Ministry were both honoured.

The NBPP has worked with the Japanese agency to run a project to strengthen capacity in printing ink production since 2014.

Additionally, the POLYVAC and JICA have cooperated on a technical cooperation project to improve measles-rubella combined vaccine production.

Under the project, which has a total funding of 707 million JPY (7.51 million USD), Japanese experts have been dispatched to Vietnam for technological transfer and their Vietnamese peers have been trained in Japan.

The annual JICA President Award was first launched in 1975 to honour individuals and organisations which make significant contributions to socio-economic development and personnel training in developing countries through international cooperation.

Awards were presented to 38 individuals and 14 collectives this year.

The JICA’s cooperation programmes in Vietnam focus on spurring economic growth, enhancing the country’s international competitive edge, supporting vulnerable groups and strengthening State administration. -VNA