HCM CITY — The Japanese
people, including business people, want to consolidate their friendship and
comprehensive co-operation with Viet Nam, Ikuo Mizuki, Japanese Consul General
told participants at a meeting to toast the Japanese Emperor and National Day.
The Japanese diplomsaid he
was optimistic about developments between the two nations and the possibility of
creating a strategic partnership for peace and stability in Asia.
"Japan has become a
key tourism market for Viet Nam after the establishment of direct flights from
Ha Noi and HCM City to four of Japan’s major cities: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and
Fukuoka," Mizuki said.
In 2007 about 410,000
Japanese tourists travelled to Viet Nam, of which 236,000 visited HCM City.
Two-way trade reached
US$10 billion in 2007, tripling the 1999 figure.
"Japan ranks first in
terms of Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Viet Nam ($13 billion or 30
per cent of the total foreign ODA)," said Hoang Van Tuan, chairman of the
Viet Nam-Japan Friendship Association.
China exchange radio features
Ha Noi — The Radio Voice
of Viet Nam (VOV) and China Radio International (CRI) have agreed to exchange
experiences and features on culture, economics, politics and society.
The agreement was
concluded here yesterday during a six-day official visit by CRI director general
Wang Gengnian from December 1-7.
Co-operation between the
two radio enterprises will include other areas such as radio, TV, internet and
the exchange of trainees.
Speaking at the signing
ceremony, VOV director general Vu Van Hien expressed his hope that relationship
between the two stations would be further consolidated.
"The two stations
have many things in common and this is an opportunity for them to expand
co-operation and become modern media groups," said Wang.
to donate $74.5m in aid
HA NOI — The British
government has pledged non-refundable aid of US$74.5 million to Viet Nam next
year in spite of the ongoing global financial crisis.
Head of the British
Department for International Development (DFID) in Viet Nam Fiona Louise Lappin
said the sum was part of a 10-year development partnership between Viet Nam and
Britain is only one of the
countries to announce an aid pledge to Viet Nam before the two-day Annual
Consultative Group Meeting which started today.
The poor will still be a
top priority for British-funded projects, Lappin said, adding that it was
important at this point in time for Viet Nam to take steps to protect the poor.
While praising Viet Nam’s
poverty reduction, Lappin warned it was not likely to reach two of its
Millennium Development Goals by 2015 - sanitary water and combating HIV/AIDS -
especially considering foreign aid for these areas will be reduced as Viet Nam
becomes a medium-income country. She called on the Vietnamese Government to
prepare its budget for these priorities. — VNS