06:00 | 10/12/2021 Society
(VEN) - Successful organization of the recent trade conference by Dong Nai and the Kansai region in Japan evidenced growing ties between the two localities and countries, officials said.
The online trade conference, the fifth such event between the two localities, attracted the participation of 16 Vietnamese and Japanese businesses who sought cooperation opportunities despite challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Also attending the conference were Ms. Nguyen Thi Hoang - Vice Chairwoman of the provincial People's Committee and representatives of the provincial departments of Foreign Affairs, Industry and Trade, Planning and Investment, and the Industrial Park Management Board.
Several local enterprises interested in doing business with Japanese partners also attended the conference.
On the Japanese side, the attendees included: Mr. Tamura Osamu, Director of the Chamber of Commerce of the Japan Bureau of Economy, Trade and Industry in Kansai and representatives of the Japan Business Association in Ho Chi Minh City.
Vice Chairwoman Hoang said that Japan has currently invested in 262 projects in the province with a total registered capital of over 5 billion USD, ranking third among the countries and territories investing in Dong Nai.
She said Japanese enterprises have contributed to the economic development of the province and generated stable jobs for many people. Many Vietnamese enterprises have shown their desire to cooperate with Japanese enterprises in supply input products to each other. Therefore, the province has coordinated with the Kansai region to establish trade links between Vietnamese and Japanese enterprises in Dong Nai and neighboring provinces and cities in mechanical processing, cement plating and other fields, she added.
Mr. Tamura Osamu noted that Kansai and Dong Nai had established cooperative ties in 2013. The province is also home to many Japanese enterprises investing in various fields. From 2017 until now, the Kansai region has implemented stepped up investments in projects to develop human resources, connecting businesses and universities to provide relevant training. The two sides have also established a Coordinating Team to connect Japanese enterprises investing in the province with Dong Nai enterprises in order to expand the supply of raw materials in the domestic market, he said.
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Japanese businesses are still trying to find local suppliers to facilitate post pandemic economic recovery, he added.
In the future, when the Long Thanh International Airport is completed, Dong Nai will become a modern urban areas and a leading attractive destination for foreign investors, including Japanese investors.