Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng (r) receives Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii in Hà Nội yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — Deputy Prime Minister Trịnh Đình Dũng called for more Japanese investment in automobile, energy and tourism industry, which are fields with huge demand and development potential in Việt Nam.
The Government official made the call while receiving Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Keiichi Ishii in Hà Nội yesterday.
Dũng told the guest in the first 11 months of 2018, Japan remained the largest investor in Việt Nam with a combined capital of nearly US$8 billion, accounting for 26 per cent of the country’s total newly-registered capital.
He appreciated Japan’s close co-operation and support in developing transport, notably in technical assistance for pre-feasibility studies of the north-south high-speed railway project, metro lines in Hà Nội and HCM City, Terminal T2 at Nội Bài International Airport, Nhật Tân Bridge, Cái Mép-Thị Vải and Lạch Huyện ports, which have contributed to Việt Nam’s socio-economic development.
He asked that Japan continue to help Việt Nam in studying the implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects, including urban railways, high-speed railways and highways.
The Deputy PM also expressed his hope that Japan would share its experience with Việt Nam in managing and upgrading infrastructure, and in personnel training in aviation and maritime industries.
He took the occasion to thank the Japanese Government and people for helping Việt Nam respond to climate change and address impacts of natural disasters, and proposed Japan provide non-refundable official development assistance (ODA) for projects to build a disaster prevention and control centre and to increase the capacity of reducing risks of flash floods and landslides in the northern mountainous region.
Minister Keiichi Ishii congratulated Việt Nam on its socio-economic development achievements, especially in infrastructure, tourism, and environmental protection.
He spoke highly of the Vietnamese Government’s drastic leadership to timely remove obstacles in implementing infrastructure development projects.
He voiced his belief with the determination and efforts of the Government, ministries, sectors and localities, the country’s infrastructure system would develop quickly, creating the prerequisite for socio-economic development.
In the future, Japan is interested in important transport infrastructure projects that can drive growth such as the Long Thành International Airport, high-speed railways, highways and urban railways in Hà Nội, HCM City and other major cities.
Sharing his sympathy with Việt Nam over losses caused by disasters in 2018, he said Japan would co-ordinate with Việt Nam in installing early warning systems as well as implementing construction and non-construction solutions to effectively cope with natural disasters. — VNS