Signing on Exchange of Notes concerning Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid to Viet Nam
August 1, 2014
1. On August 1 (same date local time), an Exchange of Notes concerning Japan’s Non-Project Grant Aid amounting to JPY 500 million was signed by H.E.Mr. Fumio Kishida, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and H.E.Mr. Bui Quang Vinh, Minister of Planning and Investment of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, in Hanoi, the capital city of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.
2. Viet Nam is located in the eastern part of the Indochina Peninsula and is a seafaring country having a long coastline that reaches approximately 3,400 km. Moreover, the South China Sea that Viet Nam faces is a strategic marine transportation route and securing the safety of this marine area is very important not only for Viet Nam and other neighboring countries but also for Japan, which heavily relies on international maritime shipping.
3. Meanwhile, for the Vietnamese maritime law-enforcement organizations (coast guard and organizations supervising fishery), the improvement of capabilities for appropriate implementation of their duties has been an issue due to the lack of equipments etc. corresponding with their roles.
4. It is expected that the grant aid contributes to the enhancement of maritime law-enforcement capabilities by providing estimated six used vessels and equipments related to maritime safety being carried out. Moreover, it is also expected that this cooperation will help the establishment of “the rule of law” at sea and further strengthen relations between Japan and Viet Nam.