The dialogue was organised by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as part of the 15th Vietnam International Trade Fair (Vietnam Expo) in Ho Chi Minh City.
Junichi Kawaue, Consul General of Japan to HCM City, said Vietnam is playing an important role in the development of ASEAN. Therefore, the sustainable development of high-quality infrastructure, in terms of road, railway and sea transport, is critical to not only Vietnam but also the region’s transport connectivity.
As an economic hub of Vietnam, HCM City needs high-quality infrastructure, he said, noting that Japan wants to continue contributing to important transport facilities in the city like the metro route No. 1. It is also considering some projects in Vietnam to further connect Da Nang Port with the East-West Economic Corridor, and Cai Mep-Thi Vai Port with the Southern Economic Corridor.
Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Le Van Khoa said his city hopes to cooperate closely with Japan in infrastructure investment so as to develop sustainably and become a major hub of economy, finance and science of Vietnam and the Southeast Asian region.
HCM City has put into use many important transport projects like Mai Chi Tho road, Dong Tay Avenue, the Saigon River tunnel, and metro routes No 1 and 2. In the time ahead, it will focus on building flyovers, key intersections, belt roads and cross-river tunnels and bridges under the public-private partnership format.
To carry out these projects, the city is calling on foreign partners, including those from Japan, to provide advice and technical and financial support. It pledges to create optimal conditions for domestic and foreign businesses to join hands to develop the city, Khoa added.