Senior officials from Ho Chi Minh City held talks with the Japanese President of the House of Councillors Masaaki Yamazaki as part of their visit to Japan to concretise the extensive strategic partnership between the two countries for peace and prosperity in Asia.
Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Le Thanh Hai, head of the delegation, expressed his belief that regular exchanges between legislative bodies contributed to the strengthening of the bilateral friendship, mutual understanding and across-the-board cooperation.
He thanked the Japanese Government for its official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam ’s economic restructuring, infrastructure development, and improvements to health, education, and climate change adaptation.
Hai said he hoped Japan would continue to provide ODA to Vietnam , and avowed that the country would utilise the capital effectively for socio-economic development plans.
He asked the President to assist Vietnam in the fields of ODA, human resources training, high-tech support for industry and agriculture, legislation, and international issues of mutual concern.
He also conveyed his wish that the Japanese parliament continue to support Vietnam’s stance on addressing maritime disputes via peaceful and diplomatic means, without the use or threat of force, in line with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
President Masaaki Yamazaki described Vietnam as one of the most attractive destinations for Japanese business due to its rapid economic growth and stable political system.
He promised to call upon Japanese firms to increase investments in Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City in particular, saying he hoped to visit Vietnam again to witness the country’s socio-economic progress.
The municipal delegation later participated in a conference to boost exchanges between Ho Chi Minh City businesses and Japanese partners. A ceremony witnessing the signing of six memoranda of understanding on bilateral investment and business cooperation was also held as part of the event.
Earlier, the guests visited a hi-tech agricultural research centre run by Japan ’s Chiba University to explore new cutting-edge technology in the field. They also attended the ceremony for the signing of the minutes on cooperation between the university and Ho Chi Minh City ’s bio-technology centre, in a joint effort to improve human resources training and share experience in urban agricultural development.
Secretary Le Thanh Hai also worked with Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Koya Nishikawa who said Japan was keen to support Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City in developing agricultural projects for sustainable growth
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