Nguyen Phuong Lam speaks in a press conference introducing the event. (Photo:
According to Pham The Vinh, Director of the Can Tho city Department of Foreign Affairs, the Japan - Mekong Cooperation Forum will also be held on November 3rd by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) in collaboration with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Ho Chi Minh city, attracting some 300 Vietnamese and Japanese businesses, aiming to exchange trade and investment cooperation between Japan and Can Tho city, as well as other Mekong River Delta localities.

Mr. Vinh said that there will be an additional 16 bilateral activities, including the inauguration of the Vietnam - Japan industrial zone in Can Tho city; the office of the center on information technology exploitation between the University of Can Tho and Japanese businesses; an introduction about Mekong River - Japan tourism; and a Japan work fair.

Apart from unique art performances imbued with Japanese and Vietnamese cultures, the events will have 120 exchange stalls, including 30 introducing Vietnamese and Japanese cultures, and 90 stalls introducing Vietnamese and Japanese products and services in agriculture, tourism, food and consumption goods.

Vietnam Airlines has been chosen by the organizers to transport over 100 Japanese businesses’ representatives from Tokyo to Vietnam to join the event. “This marks a turning-point in trade exchange between Vietnam and Japan when, for the first time, the Can Tho International Airport receives a direct flight from Japan, with the largest ever number of Japanese entrepreneurs coming to seek business and investment opportunities in Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta region,” said Nguyen Phuong Lam, VCCI Can Tho Deputy Director.

To mark the event, VCCI Can Tho will debut the Japanese language version of its website at to help Japanese businesses feel it easier to seek investment and cooperation opportunities in Vietnam’s Mekong River Delta region./.