Tomato plants reach a height of 4 meters at a greenhouse in Tomakomai, Hokkaido.​ HCM City wants to enhance cooperation with businesses in Hokkaido in agriculture, fishing and high-tech development (Photo: asia.nikkei.com)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City wants to enhance cooperation with businesses in Japan’s Hokkaido prefecture in agriculture, fishing and high-tech development, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem said.

He made the statement while receiving Governor of Hokkaido prefecture Takahashi Harumi in Ho Chi Minh City on August 8.

Ho Chi Minh City will be a gateway for Hokkaido’s firms to enter other markets in Southeast Asia, he said, pledging to create favourable conditions for Japanese firms to trade in the city. The move will help enhance cultural and economic exchanges between the two localities.

Harumi said that cooperation between Vietnam and Hokkaido began in oil exploitation.

The Japanese prefecture and Vietnam currently cooperate in agriculture, fishing, technology, education and culture through businesses from both countries.

She affirmed that Vietnam is an important partner of Hokkaido.

A conference to popularise Hokkaido in Ho Chi Minh City will be a good opportunity for businesses from the two localities to strengthen cultural exchange as well as tourism and economic collaboration, she said.-VNA