The training course, the second of its kind, aims to improve professional skills and competence of Vietnamese military engineers who will be deployed to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

At the meeting between Japanese experts and Vietnamese representatives

On September 11, a delegation of Japanese experts called at Brigade 249 of the Engineering Arm to have a meeting with Vietnamese military engineers and made a field trip to study equipment and facilities of the Vietnamese military engineering unit for the upcoming training course.

After a comprehensive field trip, Lieutenant Colonel Akenko Shingo from the Office of Staff of the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, who is the head of the mission, highly appreciated the Vietnamese side’s preparations for the course.

Reportedly, Vietnam finished the construction of a training ground complex of 15 hectares at Brigade 249, where the course will take place.

On the same day, the Japanese delegation had a working session at the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping Operations (VNDPKO) under the Defense Ministry.

At the meeting, Major General Hoang Kim Phung, Director of the VNDPKO, acknowledged and expressed his thanks for the considerable support and assistance of Japan for Vietnam under the TPP framework, contributing to raising the capacity of training and rapid deployment of support forces to UN peacekeeping missions.

General Phung underlined that the Vietnam-Japan bilateral relationship and cooperation in UN peacekeeping operations has played an important role and become one of the major pillars in the defense ties between the two countries. Especially, this field has been included to the agenda for the Vietnam-Japan deputy-defense-ministerial-level dialogue.

Vietnam wants Japanese and other international instructors to assist and share field experience with Vietnamese military engineers, especially when the country is expected to send a 290-member engineer contingent to the UNMISS, he added.

For his part, Lieutenant Colonel Shingo affirmed that, as a country with much experience in UN peacekeeping operations, Japan hopes to support the deployment of Vietnamese engineers to the UN peacekeeping mission through experience sharing and training assistance under the TPP framework.

He also pledged that Japan will work with Vietnam to actively prepare human resources and a proper curriculum for the course.

Translated by Van Hieu