Phong said Japan has been a big investor in and an important trade partner of HCM City but cooperation has yet to match potential. Thus, the city wishes to enhance ties with enterprises from Japan, including those in Kawaguchi.
He vowed to facilitate Japanese firms to do business in the city, contributing to the sustainable development of the Vietnam-Japan partnership.
Nobuo Okunoki, for his part, said he was impressed with HCM City’s dynamic growth, affirming that companies from his city hope to promote ties with Vietnam, particularly HCM City, in banking and finance, support industries, and high technology.
He also expressed his hope that his visit marks a new step forward in the two cities’ relations and they will work together to strengthen ties.
The mayor suggested HCM City coordinate with Kawaguchi City and Saitama Prefecture to hold friendship exchange programmes and cooperation activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties next year.