PM, Japan minister agree on energy cooperation

Update: September, 15/2017 - 09:00
Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc receives Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko yesterday in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc assured visiting Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko that the Vietnamese Government offers all possible support to Japanese investors in Việt Nam. 

During a reception in Hà Nội on Thursday, the PM lauded Japan as Việt Nam’s fourth largest trade partner and its largest supplier of official development assistance (ODA). 

He hailed the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (MITE) and the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade for maintaining efficient operations of the Việt Nam-Japan Joint Committee on Industrial, Trade and Energy Co-operation mechanism. 

The MITE was also praised for assisting Việt Nam in food processing and improving the competitiveness of agro-fishery exports. 

The host asked Japan to facilitate the licensing of Vietnamese fruit exports to the country, especially litchi and longans, and to help Việt Nam carry out an action plan on priority industries in its industrialisation strategy within the Việt Nam-Japan co-operation framework towards 2020 with a vision to 2030. 

The two countries should bolster energy collaboration, including building high-capacity coal-fired thermal power plants and smart grids in Việt Nam, he suggested. A working group will be established to step up energy co-operation. 

The visiting Minister, for his part, said Japan is willing to share experience with Việt Nam in State enterprise reform, adding that it also supports the proposal on loosening requirements for Vietnamese fruit imports. He also pledged to offer a support package to Việt Nam in the process of executing the industrialisation strategy. 

The minister also asked the Vietnamese Government and the PM to support Japan’s underway projects in Việt Nam. — VNS