Tuyen showed his gratitude to the sentiments and support from the Japanese government and people to Vietnam and HCM city in particular, particularly its recent medical equipment package worth 14 million JPY (US$127,400) to help Vietnam combat the acute respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
HCM City wishes to beef up collaboration with Wakayama prefecture in areas of the two sides’ strengths, such as tourism, trade, investment and farm produce, he told his guest.
For his part, Shimo said that Wakayama prefecture greatly values development potential of Vietnam’s southern economic hub, adding that the visit is designed to further boost cooperation of the Japanese prefecture with HCM City, in addition to its sound collaboration with other Vietnamese localities, including An Giang, Danang and Dak Lak, among others.
Hiroshi Shimo introduced Wakayama’s potential whilst hoping that various cooperation programmes with HCM City will be promoted in the future, particularly in tourism, farm produce import and export, and human resources.
He also asked local authorities to offer the best possible conditions for firms from Wakayama to do business in the city.
Japan currently ranks fifth among the 108 investors of HCM City with more than 1,370 investment projects worth nearly US$4.5 billion.
Meanwhile, the southern city exported goods worth approximately US$3 billion to the Japanese market last year.