HA NOI — President Truong Tan Sang yesterday hosted a reception for the Vice President of the Japanese Bank of International Co-operation (JBIC) Fumio Hoshi.
Hoshi said Viet Nam ranked fourth in the list of Japanese overseas manufacturing investments and that Japanese businesses considered Viet Nam a reliable investment destination.
He also spoke highly of Viet Nam's growth rate... in the context of a difficult economic situation, expressing his hope that Viet Nam's relevant agencies would further co-operate with JBIC and Japanese businesses to implement major projects in energy, oil refining and seaports.
President Sang thanked the Japanese Government and JBIC for their supportive policies, saying Viet Nam would make more efforts to improve its infrastructure system, reduce the budget deficit, control inflation and restructure public investment.
He said he hoped that JBIC would encourage more businesses to invest in Viet Nam.
Meanwhile, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received the President of Japan's Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Tanigaki Sadakazu yesterday.
Receiving the LDP President, PM Dung praised the Japanese Government and political parties for supporting measures to boost the Viet Nam-Japan strategic partnership. He also thanked Japan for official development assistance.
Sadakazu said the potential for co-operation between Japan and Viet Nam was great.
Chairman Hung thanked the LDP President for his efforts in strengthening relations between the two countries and the two parliaments and affirmed that Viet Nam considered Japan one of its leading priorities.
Hung said he was delighted at recent developments in the relations between the two countries and the two legislatures.
He said he wanted to increase co-operative programmes and projects to match this strategic partnership.
Regarding ties between the legislative bodies, he said both were increasing co-operation at bilateral and multilateral forums to promote trade, investment, science and technology.
Hung asked the two countries to enhance co-operation in health care, education and cultural exchanges.
He agreed on the enhancement of co-operation in defence and security to help maintain peace in the region and the world.
Sadakazu said he hoped the two legislative bodies would continue boosting exchanges among leaders as well as parliamentarians.
He thanked the National Assembly and people of Viet Nam for their support and help following last year's earthquake and tsunami.
He said more than 1,000 Japanese businesses were operating in Viet Nam.
To Huy Rua, Politburo member and Secretary of the Party Central Committee, also met Sadakazu. — VNS