|President Truong Tan Sang (R) meets with Chairman of the JVFA, Teiichi Nishimura in Ha Noi. — Photo VNA
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang said he appreciated efforts by the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Association (JVFA) in Kansai to boost the co-operation between the two countries.
At a reception for a JVFA Kansai delegation in Ha Noi yesterday, he thanked the organisation for assisting Vietnamese students and apprentices in the region, describing its working visits and activities to promote tourism in the two countries' localities as a bridge for bilateral partnership.
Japan was among the top investors in Viet Nam with a majority of its businesses coming from Kansai, he said.
The President asked the friendship association, which gathers a number of entrepreneurs, to work harder to foster the nations' trade, investment and tourism connections.
For his part, Chairman of the association Teiichi Nishimura said he was impressed with Viet Nam's doi moi (renewal) achievements, noting the organisation's support for Japanese investments in Viet Nam as well as student and cultural exchanges between the two countries.
Speaking highly of the local business climate, the Kansai guests said they would call for more investment and the expansion of business operations in fields such as support services, care for the elderly, and baby product manufacturing.
They would also accelerate the trading of Vietnamese mangoes and Japanese apples while paving the way for persimmons, a Kansai specialty, to enter Viet Nam and Vietnamese mangosteens and star apples to make inroads into their country's market.
The same day, the Japanese delegation also met with Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh. — VNS