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JICA supports Quang Nam Province in sustainable development
By Le Anh
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JICA supports Quang Nam Province in sustainable development

By Le Anh

Foreign visitors in Quang Nam Province's Hoi An Town - PHOTO: DAO LOAN

HCMC – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has assisted the central coastal province of Quang Nam in numerous sustainable development projects, JICA’s chief representative in Vietnam, Konaka Tetsuo, said when speaking at the opening of Japanese Days in Quang Nam, taking place from August 16 to 19.

The JICA representative also discussed the project models, being conducted in collaboration with the province in recent years, especially small-scale technical cooperation projects.

He said JICA has been working on a grant project to improve the water environment at the Japanese Bridge area in Hoi An City – a well-known tourism destination where the water is seriously contaminated.

The project seeks to improve the sewerage system through the rehabilitation of the Japanese Bridge canal, and construct a wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of processing 2,000 cubic meters per day, to treat polluted water in the canal that flows to the Japanese Bridge area. To date, the canal has been rehabilitated, and the plant is expected to be completed by November 2018.

JICA has also been involved in a number of small-scale projects under the “JICA Partnership Program,” in which the agency provides financial support while the implementation is assumed by Japanese non-governmental organizations, local governments or universities. Such projects are also meant to encourage the participation of Japanese citizens in international cooperation using official development assistance (ODA), while transferring their accumulated knowledge, technology and experience.

A typical example of this is the “Naha model waste reduction program in Hoi An City” implemented by non-profit organization Okinawa Citizens Recycling Movement and Naha City (Okinawa Prefecture, Japan) in all 13 communes in Hoi An city, utilizing the experience of the model of “City of Environmental Symbiosis” from Naha City.

Naha’s experts are well experienced in minimizing business waste and developing a tourism model with environmental considerations, which has become the “brand” of Naha.

Since tourism is Quang Nam’s economic strength, JICA’s projects mainly focus on tourism development, which is one of the most important areas under the economic development direction of the Vietnamese Government.

In addition to the Hoi An Eco-city project, there is another long-term project on support to rural development based on the initiative of the Co Tu ethnic minority community in Nam Giang District, which was initiated by the Foundation for International Development/Relief.

The project began in August 2016 and is expected to be completed by July 2020, applying the model of community-based tourism development.

The project is aimed at developing the local economy and preserving the cultural values of the Co Tu ethnic people, such as weaving, dancing and traditional dishes, applying the method of “hunting for treasure” (takara sagashi) used in  Japan in searching, exploiting and commercializing valuable local tourism products.

Another project is to develop sales channel through the link between local products and tourism, called “Expanding and developing traditional handicrafts,” embarked upon by the city of Minamiboso, Chiba Prefecture (Japan).

The project is supporting the craft village of Quang Nam Province in terms of design and renovation of shops, as well as strengthening the capacity of the artisans through workshops on products that meet  tourist needs.

Among the JICA development projects in Quang Nam, the project on the diversification of livelihoods through heritage tourism in remote rural and agri-fishery villages has been implemented by the Showa Women’s University (Japan).

The project, which is being carried out in Cu Lao Cham, is aimed at supporting the development of the community tourism model and tourism products on this island.

The JICA Vietnam Office began sending volunteers to the province in late 2003. So far, 18 Japanese volunteers have worked there, mainly in the fields of architecture, environmental education, and preservation of cultural heritage.

JICA projects in the province are not large, in terms of scale and value, but they are long-term projects that bring long-lasting and sustainable results, thanks to JICA’s joint development commitments and the leadership of the provincial government.

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