The two leaders signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on economic exchanges between Hokkaido and Vietnam.
At the reception, Ms Harumi said that this was her first visit to Vietnam and said the MoU will lay foundations for strengthening economic, investment, technological and human exchanges between the two sides.
Minister Dung said that since his visit to Japan in April, a number of Hokkaido’s businesses have come to Vietnam to seek investment opportunities.
The visit of Hokkaido officials and businesses demonstrates their desire to boost cooperation between the two countries, said Mr Dung.
The Minister affirmed that the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MOIT) will make more of an effort to boost ties with Hokkaido and support Hokkaido businesses in seeking opportunities and operating in Vietnam.
He hopes that direct flights will be introduced to connect Vietnam and Hokkaido in the near future.
After the reception, Mr Dung and the Hokkaido leader signed a MoU between the MOIT and the Hokkaido Economic Federation and witnessed the signing of a MoU between the Foreign Investment Agency and Hokuyo Bank.