HCMC leader expects stronger cooperation with Japan’s Aichi prefecture

VOV.VN - Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong has asked the City and Japan’s Aichi prefecture to step up cooperation in potential areas such as engineering industry, electronics, information and technology (IT) and plastic chemistry.

At a reception for Honorary Consul of Vietnam in Nagoya city of Aichi prefecture Professor Nagato Natsume on December 28, the municipal leader expressed his appreciation for the Japanese locality’s plan to open its trade office in Ho Chi Minh City, open a direct flight connecting Nagoya city with the Vietnamese southern hub, and establish an umbilical cord blood bank at Tu Du hospital.

This will help promote trade and cultural exchange as well as develop tourism, particularly medical tourism, he noted.

Phong thanked Nagato Natsume, who is also Director of the Japanese Cleft Palate Foundation, for his help for Vietnamese children with cleft palate, blindness and blood cancer. 

He voiced his hope that in his capacity as the Honorary Consul of Vietnam, Nagato Natsume will make his sustained efforts to foster the relations between Vietnam and Japan, and between Ho Chi Minh City and Aichi prefecture.

The Japanese official, in turn, said that he will work harder to effectively implement collaborative programmes, especially those in economics, labour cooperation, citizen protection, education and healthcare, between the two localities.

He told his host that many Vietnamese students are living and pursuing their study in Aichi while the prefecture is in need of highly qualified young human resources to work at its enterprises and factories.

Roughly 200 businesses from Aichi are running their investments in Vietnam, and some 23,000 Vietnamese people are working and studying in the prefecture.