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METI Signed the New Memorandum of Cooperation on Strengthening Chemical Management with MOIT of Viet Nam

On July 3, 2015, Mr. Yoichi Miyazawa, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, had a meeting with Mr. Vu Huy Hoang, Minister of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam, and signed the new Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan on Strengthening Chemical Management. The conclusion of this MOC, which is based on the achievements of the previous MOC concluded on July 15, 2012, is expected to further strengthen the cooperation between Japan and Viet Nam in chemical management.

1. Background

In Viet Nam, chemical management is in operation pursuant to the Chemical Law, enacted in 2007. On July 15, 2012, the previous MOC (valid for three years), which was the first, was concluded between Mr. Mitsuyoshi Yanagisawa, then Senior Vice Minister of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and Mr. Nguyen Nam Hai, then Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT), in order for Japan to support such chemical management in Viet Nam. Now, METI and MOIT have evaluated the results of the cooperation based on the previous MOC, and decided to conclude the new MOC.

2. Achievements of cooperation under the first MOC (from July 2012 to July 2015)

Under the first MOC, Japan provided technical cooperation mainly to develop the human resources in charge of chemical management through workshops held in cooperation with the Vietnam Chemicals Agency of MOIT of Viet Nam, the dispatch of experts, training for Vietnamese human resources in Japan, and other efforts. In addition, METI and MOIT held policy dialogues once a year in order to review the achievements of cooperation and discuss future cooperation policies.

3. Cooperation under the new MOC

The newly concluded MOC aims to further help Viet Nam efficiently establish chemical management systems based on the achievements of the first MOC. The primary cooperative effort planned is support for the establishment of Viet Nam’s national chemical inventory and chemical database with the technical cooperation of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), which started in April 2015. In addition, Japan will continuously discuss with Viet Nam the achievements of such efforts and future policies during policy dialogues and at other opportunities. Through such cooperation, further progress in chemical management system development is expected.

Reference

Release date

July 3, 2015

Division in Charge

Chemical Management Policy Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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