Viet Nam News
HCM CITY – The chairman of HCM City People’s Committee said at a conference held last Friday that the city sought continued support from Japan in the transfer of technology, ODA, management expertise and investment in several fields, including human resources, hi-tech agriculture, pharmaceuticals and tourism.
Speaking at the Việt Nam-Japan Investment and Tourism Promotion Conference in HCM City last Friday, Nguyễn Thành Phong said Japan was a leading economic partner of Việt Nam, especially of HCM City.
He said that Việt Nam had become a long-term investment site for the Japanese because of its convenient geographic location, stable politics, improved infrastructure and abundant and low-cost labour force.
With more than 865 projects with a total registered investment capital of US$2.87 billion, Japanese ranks sixth out of countries and territories having investment in the city, he said.
In recent years, Japanese visitors have ranked first or second in the top 10 of foreign visitors to the city, and the number of Vietnamese visitors to Japan has also increased significantly.
The city expects to continue to receive co-operation and support from the Japanese Government and enterprises to improve the growth , he said.
"The city will always welcome and create favourable conditions for foreign investors, including Japanese, who come to seek long-term investment and business opportunities," he said.
Speaking at the conference, a special advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister, Iijima Isao, who also led a delegation of 22 Japanese businesses to HCM City, said he believed that Japanese firms would continue to invest strongly in Việt Nam, particularly in HCM City.
The Japanese busineses who visited the city this time are Japanese leading companies involved in pharmaceutical, medical, water and waste treatment, agricultural, transport, construction, logistics, manufacturing, tourism and IT sectors.
Vũ Tiến Lộc, chairman of the Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said the country’s participation in a series of free trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, had made it more popular among investors.
Recently, many investors from Japan, the US and EU have visited Việt Nam to seek business opportunities, he said, adding that many companies had shifted their investments from China to ASEAN countries, including Việt Nam.
Masuda Chikahiro, deputy chief of JICA Việt Nam, said Japanese companies wanted to penetrate the market of nearly 100 million people in Việt Nam and use it as a production base for export.
He said that reform of the investment environment was needed to welcome a new investment wave to Việt Nam.
Japanese firms, he said, were striving to overcome two difficulties, including the rate of locally-made products supplied to Japanese producers in Việt Nam. This stands at about 33 per cent in 2014, much lower compared to countries in the region.
Secondly, the country’s human resources have yet to meet requirements of Japanese firms, he said.
Việt Nam should solve issues such as these mentioned in the Việt Nam-Japan Joint Initiative, he said.
At the conference, Phạm Thiết Hòa, director of the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre of HCM City, told Japanese investors that the city was seeking investors for the 27.2 km monorail line No 2 and the 6.3 km underground monorail number 6 projects, as well as the underground mall project at the Bến Thành Central Station and the Saigon Safari project in Củ Chi District. - VNS