Foreign Minister hails progress in Vietnam-Japan cooperation

Welcoming the great progress in Vietnam-Japan friendly and cooperative relations in various fields, the minister noted that Japan remains a leading partner of Vietnam. The country ranks first in official development assistance (ODA), second in labor cooperation, third in investment and tourism cooperation, and fourth rank among Vietnam’s trading partners.

He said 2023 was a particularly successful year for Vietnam – Japan relations, as it saw their ties elevated to the status of a comprehensive strategic partnership, which created an important foundation for bilateral relations over the next 50 years, as well as mutual visits of nearly 200 delegations at all levels, and more than 500 activities celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations.

He asked Komura Masahiro and the Japanese Foreign Ministry to work closely with the Vietnamese side to promote the implementation of the newly established comprehensive strategic partnership and agreements reached between the leaders of the two countries, increase exchanges at all levels and between their parties, states and parliaments, and reactivate and intensify cooperation mechanisms between ministries and sectors of the countries.

He called on Japan to continue to help Vietnam build an independent and self-reliant economy and provide next-generation ODA for large-scale strategic infrastructure development, climate change response, digital transformation and projects. health.

Vietnam is continuing to establish a government working group to accelerate investment cooperation and ODA projects between the two countries, he announced.

The head of Vietnamese diplomacy also called for strengthening exchanges between peoples, the foundation of lasting relations, through strengthened cooperation in the fields of culture, tourism, work and human resources training.

Cultivate mutual cooperation

For his part, Komura Masahiro pledged to coordinate closely with the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to successfully organize high-level mutual visits in the coming time.

Japanese companies are very interested in expanding investments in Vietnam, he said, proposing that the Vietnamese government continue to further improve the business environment and deploy partnerships in new areas such as digital transformation , green transition and cooperation within the Asian Zero Emission Community (AZEC).

The two sides also discussed some regional and international issues. They affirmed that Vietnam and Japan will continue to support each other in multilateral forums and international organizations while strengthening coordination, sharing of views and cooperation on issues of common concern.

This article is originally published on lecourrier.vn

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