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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s activities in Japan
5/8/2015 15:34' Send Print
Heads of delegations to the 7th Mekong-Japan Summit. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

The summit was convened at time when the Mekong-Japan cooperation has been increasingly developing and becoming one of the leading cooperation mechanisms in the Mekong sub-region. The 2012 Tokyo Strategy has been implemented and achieved important outcomes, contributing to intensifying coherence and mutual assistance among member economies, for peace and prosperity in the region.

The outstanding result of the summit was the adoption by leaders of the five Mekong countries and Japan of the 2015 Mekong-Japan Strategy with clear directions for Mekong-Japan cooperation in the period of 2016-2018, of which the overarching goals are to ensure regional stability and realize “quality growth” in the Mekong sub-region. The Mekong-Japan cooperation focuses on the following four main pillars:

First pillar, industrial infrastructure development (such as urban development, energy, supporting industries, transport, water supply, among others) in the Mekong region and strengthening ''hard connectivity'' with in the region and with the surrounding regions.

Second pillar, industrial human resources development and strengthening “soft connectivity” in terms of institutional connectivity, economy and people-to-people exchanges, and encouragement of Japanese businesses to expand their production network in the region.

Third pillar, the realization of a Green Mekong, with a focus on strengthening cooperation in disaster reduction, response to climate change and management and sustainable use of Mekong water resources.

Fourth pillar, coordination between Mekong region with other stakeholders in the region, relevant partners and international organizations to effectively pool resources for development of the Mekong sub-region.

In the Tokyo Strategy 2015 Declaration on Mekong-Japan cooperation, leaders laid stress on the importance of the ocean as a common asset of the world, reaffirming the importance of closer cooperation to ensure maritime security and maritime safety in the region, pointing to the necessity to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on Conducts of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and early conclude the Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Leaders also reiterated commitment to ensure on freedom of navigation and overflight, maritime safety and smooth transport and trade, peaceful settlement of disputes on the basis of compliance with international law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). Leaders expressed their concerns over recent developments in the East Sea which will further complicated the situation, erode trust, and may sabotage peace, security and stability in the region.

The Vietnamese delegation actively participated in the preparation of the summit, coordinated with Japan and Mekong countries in developing the Tokyo Strategy to support to the utmost socio-economic development goals of Mekong countries. Viet Nam’s initiative at the 6th Mekong-Japan Summit on expansion of connectivity between the Mekong sub-region and its proximities, particularly with South Asia has become an important content of the Tokyo Strategy 2015. Viet Nam will continue to work closely with other members to develop the Action Plan and Vision for Industrial Development of Mekong.

Apart from activities within the framework of the Mekong-Japan Summit, namely courtesy visit to Japanese Emperor Akihito, meetings with Speakers of the House of Councilors and the House of Representatives, the Japan-Mekong Friendship Parliamentarian Alliance, Mekong Five Economies Forum, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung held talks with and attended the reception hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

In addition, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had a series of meetings with political circle, received and exchanged view with more than 20 leading economic groups and corporations of Japan and attended the Viet Nam-Japan Economic Roundtable. 

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