The event drew leaders from Da
Nang city and the provinces of Nghe An, Thanh Hoa, Can Tho, Ben Tre,
Binh Dinh, Binh Thuan, Dak Lak, Kien Giang, Khanh Hoa, Quang Binh, Quang
Tri, Quang Ninh, Thua Thien-Hue, Tra Vinh, Ninh Thuan, Ha Tinh, Bac Lieu.
On the Japanese side were Governors and Vice
Governors of the prefectures of Nara, Yamagata, Shiga, Niigata, Yamanashi,
Hokkaido, Akita, and representatives from the Japan International
Cooperation Agency and the Japan External Trade Organisation.
Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung highlighted
the significance of the visit by Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic
Party of Japan and Chairman of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary
Alliance Nikai Toshihiro, saying that it is a hallmark in Vietnam – Japan
He spoke highly of the comprehensive and effective
development of the Vietnam – Japan extensive strategic partnership. Japan
remained Vietnam’s top economic partner.
According to him, the potential of cooperation
between the two countries’ localities remains huge, especially in trade,
investment, industry, high-tech agriculture, human resources, cultural and
people-to-people exchange, and tourism.
The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry will continue
creating favourable conditions for the two countries’ localities to expand
ties, Trung said.
Co-chairing the event, Chairman of the Da Nang
municipal People’s Committee Huynh Duc Tho said Japanese localities have
provided effective support for Da Nang’s economic development over the past
He asked the Japanese embassy as well as economic and trade promotion
agencies to continue promoting the locality-to-locality cooperation
Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Umeda Kunio said
Vietnamese and Japanese localities signed about 70 cooperation agreements,
nearly 50 of them inked in the past five years.
Participants introduced the strengths and potential
of each locality as well as discussed cooperation opportunities in the
fields of human resources, labour, tourism, people-to-people exchange and
On the sidelines of the event, they also held
separate meetings to seek partners./.