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Date 13/09/2021-16:37:00 PM
The 13th Mekong - Japan Economic Ministerial Meeting
(MPI) - The 13th Mekong - Japan Economic Ministerial Meeting was co-organized by Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshi Kajiyama and Lao Minister of Industry and Trade Khampheng Saysompheng via online meeting on September 13th, 2021. Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Phuong attended the meeting at the Operation Center of the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Participants of the meeting were delegates of Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand and the ASEAN Secretariat.

Lao Minister of Industry and Trade Khampheng Saysompheng. Photo: MPI

Lao Minister of Industry and Trade Khampheng Saysompheng stressed that the COVID-19 pandemic was spreading around the world and the region, affecting the health and economic systems of every country. In addition to increasing vaccination, many countries have also stepped up other response measures for economic recovery.

The meeting has an important meaning to timely promote actions and achieve economic results, especially to discuss about the implementation of new programs and projects towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the Mekong region, as well as programs in the Mekong - Japan Development Vision 2.0.

Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshi Kajiyama. Photo: MPI

Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshi Kajiyama mentioned some difficulties from the impact of COVID-19 on international cooperation activities. He believed that countries would soon overcome obstacles and difficulties to develop and grow in the future. The Greater Mekong Subregion has diverse cultures long history and abundant human resources. Since the Subregion depends on the strengths of countries with high economic growth, Japan wishes to make contributions to the development of the Greater Mekong Subregion through public-private cooperation to overcome difficulties of the pandemic and achieve the goals of a society with sustainable progress.

At the meeting, Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Phuong stressed that the Mekong - Japan Development Vision 2.0 (MIDV 2.0) focused on the three core points of Connectivity, Digital Innovation, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are concretized throughprojects implemented in the Work Program. This would contribute to promoting the development of the Mekong region in the direction of integration, catching up with the rise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the fast, sustainable development of the Sub-region. These are also the areas of strength where Japan could share and transfer technology.

2021 is the first year that Vietnam enters the 5-year Socio-Economic Development Plan of the 2021-2025 period, the 10-year Socio-Economic Development Strategy of the 2021-2030period with the goal of an average GDP growth rate of about approximately 6.5 - 7% per year in the period of 2021-2025; having endorsed strategic socio-economic breakthroughs to ensure fast and sustainable development based on scientific and technological innovations, digital transformation, bringing Vietnam into the group of developing countries with modern industry and high-middle income by 2045.

Vietnam finds the MIDV 2.0’s core pointsfully aligned with their development priorities. In terms of connectivity, the Vietnamese Government determines to step ahead for fast and sustainable development and transport infrastructure connectivity . In 2020 - 2021, the contruction of several sections within the national highway network has commenced, expected to put 5,000 km of expressways into operation by 2030. Regarding soft connectivity, under the framework of Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) cooperation, Vietnam has deployed the “one-stop-shop” model. In addition, Vietnam is also actively participating in research on the national and ASEAN single-stop shop mechanism.

Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Phuong had his speech. Photo: MPI

Regarding digital innovations, the Vietnamese Government is proactively participating in the Fourth Industrial Revolution with a goal that the digital economy will account for 20% of their GDP by 2025; planning to promulgate the National Strategy on digital economy and digital society development in 2021. The Prime Minister has also assigned the Ministry of Planning and Investment to establish National Innovation Center (NIC) to promote innovations.

In 2021, a Program to support enterprises in digital transformation for the period of 2021-2025 has been launched by the Vietnamese Government to support enterprises to transform, apply digital technology, improve production and business efficiency and adapt to the new context.

Regarding SDGs implementation, SDGs have been incorporated into socio-economic development plans and strategies. Thanks to those efforts,Vietnam's sustainable development index in the period of 2016-2020 continuously increased (ranking the 88th out of 149 countries in 2016, and the 49th out of 166 countries in 2020).

According to Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Phuong, new project proposals by Japan and AMEICC secretariats closely aligned with the MIDV 2.0 priorities. He also expressed his sincere thanks to Japan for donating vaccines to Vietnam in particular, and for the Mekong countries in general to help quickly overcome the pandemic, protect and ensure the life, health of the people.

At the meeting, the delegates reviewed main contents of the 12th Mekong - Japan Economic Ministerial Meeting and the 12th Mekong - Japan Summit; progress and future directions of the Mekong development. Accordingly, the Japanese representative presented the importance of the Mekong Industrial Development Vision 2.0; progress and proposal of new projects. The information shared at the meeting contributes to promoting the implementation of programs and projects in the coming time./.

Ministry of Planning and Investment

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