Vietnam keen on boosting ties with Japan


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told his Japanese guest on Monday that Vietnam wishes to expand cooperation with Japan in various fields.

The PM made the statement at the meeting with visiting Japanese Minister of Economics, Trade and Industry Motegi in Hanoi on July 1.

PM Dung expressed his hope that both Vietnam and Japan will gain benefits from the implementation of the agreements signed between the two countries.

As part of the bilateral strategic partnership, he said Vietnam appreciates the promotion of practical cooperation with Japan for mutual benefits.

The two countries should increase two-way trade and create favorable conditions for Japanese businesses to invest in Vietnam and for Vietnamese nurses to work in Japan, the PM said.

He suggested that Japan increase official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam’s traffic infrastructure, energy, healthcare, education and training sectors.

He also emphasized that both countries should make necessary efforts to quickly finalize and implement the Plan of Action for six key industries in Vietnam within the framework of the Vietnam-Japan Program through 2020, with vision for 2030.

The six key industrial sectors, which are under Vietnam’s industrialization strategy, include consumer electrics/electronics, food processing, shipbuilding, agricultural machinery, environment and energy conservation and automobile/spare part manufacturing.

Meanwhile, Japanese Minister Motegi said that during his visit, both sides discussed in detail 15 cooperation areas, including support industry, energy, human resources training and the environment.

He also pledged that Japan will make more efforts to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam in various areas, including economics, trade and investment.