APEC shares experience in technology application to address disasters

Economy, Vietnam, Vietnam Finance News

Thursday, September 21, 2017 – 15:16:00 Print

Delegates at the 11th APEC Senior Disaster Management Officials’ Forum (Photo: VNA)


Nghe An (VNA) – Lessons and experiences that APEC member
economies have withdrawn through their natural disaster fight and response,
especially in applying advanced science and technology, have been shared at the
ongoing 11th Senior Disaster
Management Officials Forum held in central Nghe An province.

Talking with Vietnam News Agency reporters on the sidelines of the event, Takeshi
Yonezawa, Deputy Director-General for Disaster Management Cabinet Office, said
that Japan and Vietnam share many similarities in natural disaster

He highlighted Japan’s preventive measures such as strengthening the resilience
of its infrastructure such as roads, bridges and public works, and improving
the efficiency of forecast.

Besides, Japan has learned about the way people get information and forecast on
natural disasters so as to provide them with forecast in a fastest manner.

Highlighting that Vietnam should pay due attention to the community’s
preparedness for disaster response for Vietnam, Yonezawa shared that Japan has
held training courses targeting children, aiming to raise their awareness and
practice in coping with disasters.

Japan is willing to continue working with Vietnam in natural disaster
management through the Japan International Cooperation Agency by sending
experts to support the Southeast Asian country.

[APEC senior officials seek ways to cope with disaster risks]

Meanwhile, Bernado Rafaelito R. Alejandro IV, Director of the Policy
Development and Planning Service under the Office of Civil Defence of the
Philippines, said that there are about 20 typhoons hitting the Philippines each
year with very strong ones.

He said that his country is adjusting its structure to strengthen the authority
of the disaster response agency, while concentrating on mitigation and

“We have focused on early warning through SMS, while developing a network for
early warning. We have also invested a lot in technology and also people.”

Ambassador Phillip Gibson, Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Management from the
New Zealand Foreign Affairs and Trade, emphasised the fundamental significance
of technology application in disaster management.

“We need to prepare for the disasters, manage the response and recovery. A
really important element is being prepared. To be prepared, we have to know
what the risks are, and for that we need really good science and technology,”
he said.

He also lauded Vietnam’s idea in holding the forum, which he described as a
good chance for APEC members to learn from each other.

Nguyen Quoc Hiep, Vice Director of the Vietnam Academy for Water
Resources’ Centre for Water Resources Software, said that one of the
difficulties that Vietnam is countering is the data transmission technology, as
the country is sending data through the existing mobile network which has yet
to cover all areas of the country, especially some remote areas with high risks
of natural disaster such as flash flood and landslide. The system is also
vulnerable to weather conditions such as storm.

He revealed that Vietnam is working to upgrade the technology, using the satellite
system that is more reliable, thus expanding coverage.

Within the two-day forum, participants will also discuss developing solutions
for information infrastructure operation in mitigating natural disaster risks.

Established in 1989, APEC with 21 member
economies represents 39 percent of the world population, 57 percent of the
world GDP and 47 percent of the total trade.-VNA


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