Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan and some overseas Vietnamese people in Japan (Photo:

He introduced about Ho Chi Minh city and affirmed that this is a dynamically developing city with three times higher labour productivity than other localities. Though only accounting for 9% of the population, the city pays 57% of the total taxes of the whole country.

The city is always the biggest economic centre of Vietnam. At present, Vietnam has strength of export but mainly through foreign investors. Therefore, the secretary hoped that the overseas Vietnamese community in Japan would share experiences and knowledge to be a bridge to help Vietnamese businesses promote export, contributing to the development of Vietnam in general and Ho Chi Minh city in particular.

He said that Japan is one of two largest investors in Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh city also attracts a large number of investors in all fields. Thus, it desires that Japanese investors should invest in specific fields such as building smart and hi-tech hospitals, infrastructure and anti-flood projects.   

Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong said that the overseas Vietnamese community in Japan is developing very fast, reaching nearly 250,000, 2.5 times higher than three years ago. Many of them have world leading invention certificates, becoming the pride not only of Vietnamese, but also Japanese people. They continue to dedicate to Vietnam’s development, increasing the good relationship between Vietnam and Japan.

Mr, Tran Ngoc Phuc, Head of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Japan, also shared about his work, especially how to help simplify investment procedures for Japanese investors to promote activities of Japanese businesses in Vietnam.

Many young Japanese businessmen proposed that in order to penetrate successfully the Japanese market, Vietnamese businesses should learn Japan’s way of working and organization. In addition, it is necessary for Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh city to have more specific and priority policies to lure talents from foreign countries, including Japan.

During the working visit to Japan, Mr. Nhan and the delegation will hold courtesy visits with some Japanese ministers, including Foreign Minister, meet and exchange with leaders of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), working with the University of Tokyo, University of Tsukuba and visit some Japanese organizations relating to high technology./.