08:51 | 08/02/2017 Cooperation
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has lauded the Japan External Trade Organisation’s (JETRO) coordination with Vietnamese agencies to prepare for a programme to call for Japanese investment in Vietnam in the first half of 2017.
At a meeting with JETRO’s Chief Representative in Vietnam, Atsusuke Kawada, in Hanoi on February 7, the PM stressed that the programme aimed to introduce Vietnam’s image, socio-economic development, investment environment and cooperation potential to Japanese firms, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME).
He held that Japanese SMEs’ creativity and high technology were needed by Vietnam’s startups.
He expressed his hope that the two sides would work hard to make Japan the largest investor in Vietnam, thus contributing to the socio-economic development of the country.
He asked Vietnamese agencies to coordinate closely with JETRO to popularise partnership, investment and trade opportunities in Vietnam among the Japanese business community.
The Government leader noted that Vietnam was soon to welcome Japan’s emperor and empress, asserting that the visit was a good sign for bilateral relations.
For his part, Atsusuke Kawada said that although Japan ranks second among foreign investors in Vietnam, it ran 549 projects in the Southeast Asian country in 2016, more than any other foreign investor.
This shows Japan’s interest in the Vietnamese market, he said, adding that JETRO has been also regularly asked for consultation by Japanese firms on investment in Vietnam.