President Truong Tan Sang (R) and  Gunma prefecture's Governor Osawa Masaaki (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – President Truong Tan Sang has expressed his hope that Japan’s Gunma prefecture will assist Vietnam in areas of the locality’s strength such as industry, especially the support industry.

The leader made the appeal at a reception for a visiting delegation from Gunma prefecture led by Governor Osawa Masaaki in Hanoi on February 18.

He hailed Gunma for supporting 3,000 Vietnamese working and studying in the prefecture, helping them gather experience and improve their professional qualifications.

Lauding a memorandum of understanding on investment promotion between Gunma and Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment, the President suggested the prefecture bring investors to his country, which now houses many Japanese businesses.

The host noted his hope that the Japanese delegation’s visit will significantly contribute to enhancing relations between Vietnam and Japan as well as Gunma prefecture, particularly in economy.

He applauded the Japanese locality’s efforts in forming the Gunma-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group, saying Gunma’s initiatives and activities will help boost cooperation and exchange between the two countries.

Governor Osawa Masaaki said apart from technology and support industry, Gunma has welcomed many Vietnamese students majoring in agriculture.

He said after touring a number of Japanese enterprises in Vietnam, he realised that Gunma and the Southeast Asian nation still hold substantial cooperation opportunities.

The Japanese side said Gunma has many small and medium-sized enterprises whose production capacity ranks second in Japan. They extended their wish to set up a close link between the two countries’ businesses.-VNA