At the meeting (Photo: thanhuytphcm.vn)

During the meeting, Ms Harumi Takahashi praised the visit by Ho Chi Minh city’s delegation for continuing to link friendly and cooperative relations, promote cultural exchanges, trade and technological cooperation, in order to further deepen the relationship between Japan and Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh city.

According to Chairman Phong, the visit to Hokkaido prefecture aimed to seek opportunities to promote investment and cooperation in diverse areas. There are currently in Ho Chi Minh city 14 projects worth nearly USD5 million from the Japanese prefecture, while Vietnam is the prefecture’s leading trade partner in ASEAN.

Expressing his impression of the Japanese prefecture’s scientific and technological development, Chairman Phong said he hoped the prefecture’s businesses would invest in smart agricultural farms in Ho Chi Minh city as it owns great human resources, large consumption and increasingly high demand for safe food. Additionally, as Hokkaido prefecture is a locality receiving a large number of Vietnamese labourers, with thousands of Vietnamese labourers sent each year to the prefecture, it will lay a good foundation for greater cooperation between the Vietnamese city and the Japanese prefecture.

Noting that Ho Chi Minh city will look to hi-tech agricultural production in the future, becoming a centre for research, production and distribution of agricultural products for all of southern Vietnam, Chairman Phong expressed his hope that Ho Chi Minh city would learn from the experience of Hokkaido prefecture in hi-tech agricultural production. “Institutes and businesses are encouraged to make initiatives and transfer technologies in producing seedlings, preserving and packaging agricultural products for Ho Chi Minh city’s partners,” he said./.

Compiled by BTA