Working with Japanese Institute of Irrigation and Drainage
Create date: 08/02/18
In July 31st 2018, Deputy Director General, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tung Phong has welcomed and worked with delegation of Japanese Institute of Irrigation and Drainage (JIID) and Mr. Saito Harumi – President of JIID as Head of delegation at Vietnam Academy for Water Resources (VAWR).

There were also participants from Institute for Water and Environment, Center for Training and International Cooperation and Planning Department.

According to Mr. Saito Harumi – President of JIID stated that the delegation would like to work with VAWR and hope that VAWR can provide some information related to fields which are being researched.

Deputy Director General Assoc. Prof. Dr Nguyen Tung Phong (in the middle) made a speech at the meeting

On behalf of VAWR, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tung Phong – Deputy Director General of VAWR has presented some notable points related to irrigation in Irrigation Law taking effect since 01/7/2018.

“VAWR is directed and assigned by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development to carry out a number of tasks such as researching and calculating water price on the basis of accurate, adequate calculation and considering water as goods; establishing the mechanism of procurement and bidding in the irrigation system management; development of small irrigation schemes, on-farm irrigation  systems, to improve the efficiency of irrigation systems; researching and developing guidelines and policies to develop small irrigation, on-farm irrigation and water-saving irrigation; establishing the mechanism, regulations and technologies in waste  water management and water quality monitoring in the irrigation systems; reviewing, evaluating and developing mechanisms and regulations for ensuring the dam safety; studying technologies on forecasting reservoir inflow, forecasting water supply for irrigated agricultural production; establishing the mechanism to encourage investment in irrigation, irrigation management, dissemination and multiplication of community-based natural disaster prevention and control; establishing the models of water user organizations (Participatory Irrigation Management - PIM) for effective water management. " Deputy Director General of VAWR would like to exchange opinions with the JIID and propose specific tasks of interest by both sides.

Mr. Saito Harumi – President of JIID made a speech at the meeting

Both sides has discussed issues related to water pricing, service pricing and agreed that this is a very difficult issue which is concerned by not only Vietnam but also Asian countries. Both sides would establish research groups to exchange information, share experience and organize workshops, study tours…

Mr. Takigawa Takuya (JIID) would like to invite VAWR and experts in the meeting to attend the workshop on water resources management in Malaysia expected to take place in the 1st Quarter 2019 with participants from ASEAN countries such as Vietnam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, …and he stated that this workshop would be an opportunity for countries to exchange, share experiences in water management including national water pricing.

In response to the invitation of JIID, Deputy Director General would like to thank JIID for cooperation with VAWR to organize successfully the workshop on technical exchange between Vietnam and Japan in the end of last June. At the same time, he indicated that if VAWR received the invitation from JIID to attend the workshop in Malaysia, VAWR would assign a staff to participate and share experiences of VAWR in related issues at the workshop

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