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Can Tho University puts two ODA-funded buildings into service

By Huynh Kim

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CAN THO – Can Tho University in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho held an inauguration ceremony this morning, October 30, for two buildings using official development assistance (ODA) loans from the Japanese government.

The Hi-tech Building and Integrated Research Laboratory Building are part of the Can Tho University Enhancement project.

The project is aimed at upgrading and developing Can Tho University into an educational institution that will receive international recognition for its strengths in agriculture, fishery, the environment and other relevant fields, thus contributing to efforts to promote socioeconomic growth, climate change adaptation, environmental protection, and to raise the value of the agro-fishery sector in the delta.

The project cost was US$105.9 million, funded by of ODA loans, with VND338 billion of reciprocal capital from Can Tho University, and was implemented in seven years, from 2015 to 2022.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Prof. Dr. Ha Thanh Toan, president of Can Tho University, said that the Can Tho University Enhancement project tapping the ODA loans from the Japanese government was completed on schedule.

He added that the two buildings with modern architecture are the largest projects at the university so far.

Watanabe Shige, Deputy Ambassador of Japan to Vietnam, said that the ODA project was launched at a time when the Vietnamese Government has formulated the National Green Growth Strategy that sets an ambitious goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30% by 2050. Also, the local agriculture sector has mapped out a green growth action plan which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10% by 2030.

“I am convinced that Can Tho University, including the Hi-tech Building and Integrated Research Laboratory Building which were inaugurated today, will play an extremely important role to achieve these ambitious goals set by the Vietnamese Government and will further continue to solving critical issues Vietnam is facing, such as food security and climate change,” the Japanese deputy ambassador said.

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