Vietnamese, Japanese PMs agree to elevate ties during talks

09:27 | 17/01/2017 Cooperation

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe have reached consensus on major plans and specific measures to push forward the comprehensive, practical and effective development of their extensive strategic bilateral partnership.

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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe (Credit: VGP)

During their talks following the welcoming ceremony for PM Abe in Hanoi on January 16, PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc hailed his guest as the first high-ranking foreign leader to visit Vietnam this year and reiterated Vietnam’s consistent policy of considering Japan its leading long-term partner.

The two PMs agreed to continue strengthening political trust by maintaining high-level visits and meetings, and increasing the efficiency of dialogue mechanisms.

They committed to closely working together for the upcoming Vietnam visit by the Japanese Emperor and Empress. The Japanese PM wished to welcome his Vietnamese counterpart to Japan this summer and promised to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Vietnam’s central city of Da Nang later this year.

Host and guest agreed to enhance practical collaboration on national defence and security, including bomb and mine clearance and the improvement of law enforcement at sea.

On the economic front, the two sides reached a consensus on boosting economic connectivity by the promotion of trade, investment promotion, official development assistance (ODA) and cooperation in supplementary fields such as agriculture and labour.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked Japan to continue providing Vietnam with ODA in the near future, with a focus on infrastructure building, human resources training and climate change response.

Abe, for his part, committed an additional US$1.05 billion in ODA to Vietnam in the 2016 fiscal year in the fields of maritime security, climate change response, water drainage and waste treatment.

Japan is ready to boost hi-tech applications and investment by raising capital from State-owned enterprises and personnel training while facilitating Vietnamese tourism to Japan and cultural exchanges, he said.

Both sides vowed to realise Vietnam’s industrialisation strategy within the framework of Vietnam-Japan cooperation for 2020 with a vision to 2030 and the sixth stage of the Japan-Vietnam joint initiative to improve Vietnam’s business climate, as well as to continue major infrastructure projects such as the north-south highway in Vietnam.

They lauded the talks between Vietnamese local authorities and Japanese corporate executives during the visit, believing that it affords a chance for them to further intensify investment ties in the future.

The two leaders also agreed to boost bilateral ties in hi-tech agriculture, high-quality human resources training and cooperation between localities, as well as to increase the number of Vietnamese trainees going to Japan.

PM Abe announced that Japan will allow the import of Vietnam’s red-fleshed dragon fruit and PM Phuc also declared that Vietnam will license the import of Japan’s pear fruit.

On regional and global issues of shared concern, the two PMs vowed mutual support at regional and global forums such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) and the United Nations.

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Following the talks, the two PMs witnessed the signing of agreements between ministries, agencies and businesses.