|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) receives Japan's Minister for Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat
HA NOI (VNS)— Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hoped Japan would encourage more businesses to invest in Viet Nam at his meeting with visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Ha Noi yesterday.
He also expressed the wish for stronger bilateral trade, suggesting that Japan open its doors wider for Vietnamese agricultural products.
The PM pledged that Viet Nam would create all possible conditions for Japanese enterprises to conduct long-term and profitable operations in the country.
The two sides should bolster their bilateral partnership in all fields, from politics and diplomacy to economics, trade, investment, tourism and development co-operation, he said, adding that it was also Viet Nam's wish to step up partnership in culture, education and training, science and technology, and people-to-people contacts along with defence and security.
Viet Nam hoped Japan would continue to help with its development process, including the provision of ODA, he stated, adding that the Vietnamese Government would continue its close co-ordination with Japan to use this source of support in an effective manner.
Dung also vowed to work closely with the Japanese side to soon launch the Viet Nam-Japan University, which was considered a new symbol for the co-operation between the two countries. At the same time, he hoped Japan would create more favourable conditions for Vietnamese students, labourers and nurses to study and work in the country.
The PM took the opportunity to thank Japan for providing Viet Nam's law enforcement forces with six ships to help strengthen their capacity.
For his part, Minister Kishida briefed his host on the outcomes of his visit, expressing his belief that bilateral ties between the two countries would continue blooming, as there was still great potential for the two countries to boost their ties in the fields of economics, trade and investment.
The minister said Japan would continue providing official development assistance (ODA) to Viet Nam and supporting the country during the implementation of its industrialisation strategy.
According to him, Japan was seriously considering Viet Nam's proposal on boosting bilateral trade, including allowing more Vietnamese agricultural products in the Japanese market, visa exemption for Vietnamese citizens and receiving more apprentice nurses and orderlies from Viet Nam.
Kishida added that his country would continue helping Viet Nam enhance its capacity of law enforcement at sea.
Discussing peace and stability in the region, including the East Sea, the Japanese Foreign Minister lauded Viet Nam's stance, while affirming Japan's commitment to the maintenance of peace, stability, freedom of navigation and maritime security and safety in the East Sea, considering it a common responsibility and interest of the international community.
On the same day, President Truong Tan Sang told the Japanese Foreign Minister that Viet Nam highly valued the support that Japan had given the country during its economic development over the past years.
Sang said he believed that on the foundation of mutually trustful political ties, the two countries would enjoy more progress in the future.
He mentioned the help of the Kansai region and Ibaraki Prefecture in the form of tuna fishing equipment and farming technology, saying that any assistance in times of difficulty was precious.
Vietnamese authorities were also working hard to remove all obstacles for Japanese investors in the country, he said.
President Sang also took the occasion to invite the Japanese Emperor and the royal family, as well as the Government and parliament leaders of Japan to visit Viet Nam.
Minister Kishida noted that co-operation in politics, economics and people-to-people contact between the two countries was growing strongly. He said Japan was eager for stronger co-operation with Viet Nam in the energy sector.
On regional and international issues, Kishida also made it clear that Japan supported Viet Nam's stance of settling disputes through peaceful measures in conformity with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The same day, the Japanese foreign Minister was received by Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee's Organisation Commission To Huy Rua.
Rua, who is also Chairman of the Viet Nam-Japan Friendship Parliamentary Group, and Kishida expressed their delight at the sound relations between the two parliamentarian friendship groups.
Also yesterday, the Japanese FM met with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and shared his views at the sixth meeting of the Viet Nam-Japan Cooperation Committee, which they co-chaired.
The two sides discussed and agreed on measures to boost bilateral ties in a comprehensive, effective and sustainable manner in the future by maintaining regular exchange of visits and meetings between senior leaders of the two countries, promoting the role of existing dialogue mechanisms and intensifying connection between the ministries and localities of the two sides.
They reached a consensus on effectively implementing agreements signed by high-level officials, particularly major infrastructure projects such as the North-South Highway, Lach Huyen port in Hai Phong City, and the Ninh Thuan 2 nuclear power plant.
Fumio Kishida affirmed that Japan continued to consider Viet Nam as a leading partner in ODA.
The Japanese Government continued maintaining a high level of ODA provisions for Viet Nam, focusing on supporting growth, enhancing competitiveness and improving market economy mechanisms apart from training human resources and preventing natural disasters, he said.
Minh highly valued the Japanese Government's commitment in maintaining the provision of its ODA at a high level for Viet Nam, including the signing of a diplomatic note of exchange on non-refundable aid worth JPY500 million (US$4.86 million) to ensure maritime safety and a JPY353-million grant for a human resources development scholarship programme in 2014.
Minh reaffirmed the Vietnamese Government's commitment to effectively use Japan's ODA so as to further promote socio-economic development.
Both sides also agreed to continue collaboration to improve the investment environment in Viet Nam, speed up public-private partnership model, and strengthen connection in trade, human resources training and science technology along with climate change, culture, and people-to-people exchange.
They noted with satisfaction the growing agricultural co-operation between the two countries in recent times and examined ways to carry out a number of projects such as Bach Dang Bridge, Can Tho University, Viet Nam–Japan University.
Minh thanked the Japanese Government for facilitating the grant of entry visas for Vietnamese citizens in recent years.
Fumio Kishida assured continued assistance to Viet Nam in implementing its Industrialisation Strategy and the Viet Nam-Japan Joint Initiative.
The two ministers agreed to intensify co-operation in regional and international issues of mutual concern.
Both also shared the view that that parties concerned should settle disputes in the East Sea through peaceful dialogues on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, abiding by the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and working towards the formation of a Code of Conduct. — VNS