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2006 Hanoi Workshop on Nov. 2 and 3
"Seeking a joint project in the APEC region based on the APEC-VC network"

Supporting Committee for APEC Virtual Center for Environmental Technology Exchange concluded the 2006 Hanoi Workshop, jointly organized with Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) ,Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) and Virtual Center Vietnam, as part of important events for the APEC 2006 Hanoi.

1. Purport
In the wake of the improved living standard, developed motorization and advanced industrial sector, the amount of energy consumption is expected to keep soaring in the years ahead in the APEC region made up of many developing countries. Coupled with economic growth and increase in population, emissions of carbon dioxide will be expected to increase remarkably. We consider it really effective to disseminate information on technology of countries, which have achieved high -effects on reduction of carbon dioxide emissions through adopting energy-saving technology, taken advanced energy saving measures and attained comparatively high-energy effects on the global level, to the APEC region via a framework of the APEC Virtual Center for Environmental Technology Exchange (hereinafter called "APEC-VC"). Under this circumstance, we think it important to extend what such developed countries achieved to the international level as a part of driving force in international cooperation to take measures for global environment and Japan and other developed economies in the APEC region are expected to play an active role in this field.

The APEC-VC Project is to launch Virtual Center (hereinafter called "VC") in each economy in the APEC region, interactively provide environmental technology and information owned by governments, businesses and environmental organizations over the Internet and promote information exchange on environmental technology by connecting each VC organically for the big network, with a purpose of contributing to the improvement of environmental conservation in the APEC region and on the earth.

Currently, VC is in operation in 11 economies including Japan which was firstly launched
in April, 1997, Australia, Chinese Taipei, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Chile, Indonesia, Korea and Peru. In the near future, other APEC economies including Mexico are expected to join the network.

We aim at contributing to preventing global warming such as reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in developing countries through the effective coordination between APEC-VCs. As for the linkage with the APEC-VC network, we provide a venue for discussion in the form of workshop where policy-makers in charge of APEC-VC discuss what can be done in order to achieve the project goal and try to reach agreement on specific measures and implementation period.

2. Theme : "Seeking a joint project in the APEC region based on the APEC-VC network"

3. Date: November 2 (Thu.) - 3(Fri.), 2006

4.Venue : Melia Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam

5. Workshop Program