Hanoi boosts cooperation with Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture hinh anh 1Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen The Hung (R) presents a gift to acting Chairman of the Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly Tosho Matsuo at the meeting on October 21 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Leaders of Hanoi hosted on October 21 a delegation from Fukuoka prefecture of Japan led by Tosho Matsuo, acting Chairman of the Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly.

At her meeting, Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi People’s Council Phung Thi Hong Ha highlighted the city’s socio-economic achievements in recent times, saying that the attainments were partially contributed by partners, businesses and investors from Japan, including Fukuoka prefecture.

Ha affirmed the capital city always attaches importance to cooperation with Japanese localities.

Speaking highly of the development of Japan’s agriculture thanks to the application of advanced science and technology, she said she wants Fukuoka to help technology transfer to develop the high-quality agriculture model in Hanoi.

In 2020, Hanoi wants to continue coordinating with Fukuoka to organise cultural-art exchanges, cuisine activities and investment, trade and tourism promotion in order to increase mutual understanding and promote cooperation for the two countries’ benefit, Ha said.

Tosho Matsuo, who is also Chairman of the Fukuoka-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance, said Hanoi and Fukuoka have held practical exchange activities in a wide range of fields like economics, environmental protection, culture and education.

Also the same day, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen The Hung hosted the Japanese guests, who are on a working visit to Hanoi from October 21-23.

Hung said he wishes the two sides continue boosting cultural exchange and economic cooperation , while proposing Fukuoka help Hanoi in education-training, environment, transport infrastructure, and promotion of Hanoi typical products in the Japanese market. He hoped the Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly would serve as a bridge to bring Japanese firms and investors to Hanoi.

Tosho Matsuo, for his part, affirmed members of the Fukuoka Prefectural Assembly will continue to make contributions to strengthening friendship between the two localities and countries.

Japan is the top country in terms of foreign direct investment (FDI) in Hanoi with 10.4 billion USD and the largest official development assistance (ODA) provider of the capital city./.