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JICA helps Vietnam shift to circular economy

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in cooperation with the Institute of Policy and Strategy in Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) of Vietnam, on July 6 organized a workshop in Hanoi City to help the country switch to a circular economy.

The workshop themed “Japan’s experience and policy suggestions for Vietnam in developing a roadmap to implement circular economy” was aimed at sharing the outcomes of JICA’s survey on the circular economy in Vietnam, which started in January this year.

The event, attended by nearly 80 representatives from state agencies, research institutes and companies, contributed to helping shift Vietnam’s economy from linear to circular to establish a sustainable society.

At the workshop, the study team led by Japanese experts presented their study findings along with recommendations for ISPONRE, a unit of the Vietnamese Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and the Government of Vietnam to develop a national action plan for a circular economy and to decide on the roadmap for developing the circular economy in Vietnam.

Adachi Ichiro, JICA’s Environmental Management Advisor, explained the history of the circular economy policy development and the traditional spirit of “Mottainai”, embracing the concept of a circular economy.

Based on Japan’s experience developing the circular economy policy framework, which centers on the concept of a Sound Material-Cycle Society in 1999 and the circular economy vision 2020, Adachi suggested that the action plan for the circular economy involve all stakeholders, adding that a selection of priority sectors is needed.

“This survey aims not only to support ISPONRE to develop a framework for the national action plan on the circular economy, but also to provide a general view of the legislative system and ongoing projects on the circular economy in Vietnam,” said Murooka Naomichi, Senior Representative of JICA Vietnam Office.

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