October 1, 2008
Vietnam PM Keen to Boost Ties With Japan
Text of report in English by state-run Vietnamese news agency VNA website
Hanoi (VNA) -The Government and people of Vietnam will spare no efforts to beef up cooperative relations with Japan , particularly in the areas of economy, trade and investment, to bring practical benefits to both countries.Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement while receiving a 37-strong Japanese business delegation headed by Hiroyuki Yoshino, a senior adviser of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in Hanoi on Sept. 26.
The PM said he was delighted at positive developments in bilateral ties between the two nations, especially in economy, trade and investment, adding that Japan is a leading investor and official development assistance (ODA) provider in Vietnam .
"The two countries are aiming at building a strategic partnership to not only foster bilateral cooperation, but also to promote development in the region as a whole," he stressed.
PM Dung's view was shared by Yoshino, who said that a series of business forums have been held in both Japan and Vietnam as part of celebrations of the 35th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two that will help intensify economic, trade and investment relations.
Yoshino, who is also Vice President of the Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry, recommended that the two nations sign a bilateral economic agreement as soon as possible and work together to better Vietnam 's investment environment and human resource development.
The PM told his guests that Vietnam and Japan have successfully concluded negotiations and expect to sign the bilateral economic agreement soon to facilitate comprehensive cooperation between the two countries.
Vietnam has placed great importance on improving the investment environment, focusing on infrastructure, administrative reform and supporting industry, as well as working towards human resource and education development, the government leader noted.
On the same day, representatives from over 100 Vietnamese and Japanese businesses gathered at a seminar in Hanoi to discuss making the most of opportunities and overcoming challenges to their future cooperation.
Originally published by VNA news agency website, Hanoi, in English 26 Sep 08.
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