Cooperation between Vietnamese, Japanese localities facilitated

Vietnam attaches importance to promoting locality cooperation with Japan, considering this a result-oriented and effective collaboration channel to step up economic, trade and labour ties as well as people-to-people exchange between the two countries, said Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung.

At a reception for Governor of Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture Yuji Kuroiwa in Hanoi on November 16, Dung suggested the guest encourage Kanagawa businesses to pour more investments in Vietnamese localities in manufacturing, trade, services, and the agro-forestry-fishery sector. 

The Vietnamese Government stands ready to create optimal conditions for Kanagawa firms to operate in Vietnam, he said, calling on the two sides to bolster affiliation in personnel training, tourism and culture, and exchanges between citizens. 

Dung said the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Japan are developing fruitfully across fields, with enhanced political trust between senior leaders of the two countries. 

Economic, trade and investment cooperation has been seen as a pillar of the bilateral strategic partnership, he said, adding that Japan is Vietnam’s leading important economic partner, biggest official development assistance (ODA) supplier, second largest investor, third largest tourism market and fourth largest trade partner. 

Besides, exchanges between localities and people of the two countries have been intensified, contributing to deepening their mutual understanding and friendship, he said.  

For his part, Yuji Kuroiwa said his visit is to organise the first Kanagawa festival in Hanoi from November 16-18 with a range of art and cultural activities along with investment and tourism promotion conferences, aiming to promote Kanagawa’s image and seek opportunities to expand cooperation in such areas as health care and human resources development. 

According to the Governor, six Vietnamese firms have invested in Kanagawa. Meanwhile, 26 Kanagawa enterprises joining the visit want to seek investment opportunities in Vietnam. 

The Japanese side will do its utmost to support businesses of the two countries, he pledged. 

Yuji Kuroiwa raised an initiative to organise the Vietnamese festival in Kanagawa in 2015 which saw the attendance of General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong. 

The festival was then held annually, attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. 

Located south of Tokyo, Kanagawa is one of the five Japanese localities accommodating the most Vietnamese who number more than 16,000. It has set up cooperative ties with many Vietnamese cities and provinces like Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang, Quang Ninh, Can Tho, and Lang Son.