Viet Nam News
THANH HÓA — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has suggested that the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) of Japan continue promoting party, government and parliament delegation visits with Việt Nam as well as support stronger cooperation in trade, investment, people-to-people and locality-to-locality exchanges.
He received Motoo Hayashi, Acting Secretary General of the LDP, in the north central province of Thanh Hóa on December 23.
The PM welcomed Motoo Hayashi to attend the commercial operation ceremony of the Nghi Sơn oil refinery and petrochemical complex plant – a joint project between Vietnamese and Japanese partners.
He expressed his pleasure at the thriving extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia between Việt Nam and Japan in all fields from politics, external affairs and economy to culture, education and health care.
He noted that the bilateral cooperative ties have been expanded, bringing benefits for the two sides and contributing to peace and prosperity in the region and beyond.
The LDP plays a crucial role in the development of bilateral relations, he stressed.
Motoo Hayashi recalled the successful Japan visit by PM Phúc in October 2018, including the meeting with Chairman of the Japan-Việt Nam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance Toshihiro Nikai.
He expressed his confidence in the successful operation of the project and affirmed he will spare no effort to promote the Việt Nam-Japan extensive strategic partnership.
The Nghi Sơn oil refinery and petrochemical project has been carried out since 2013 with total investment capital of over $9 billion.
It is invested by a consortium of Kuwait International Petrochemical Company (KPC, 35.1 per cent), and the Japanese firms Idemitsui Kosan (IKC, 35.1 per cent) and Mitsui Chemicals (MCI, 4.7 per cent). The rest is contributed by the State-run Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam). — VNS