At the reception (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi wants to continue promoting cooperative ties with Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture in the fields of trade, investment, education-training, environment, science-technology, cultural exchange and agricultural development, said Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy.

At a reception on June 27 for Governor of Fukuoka Hiroshi Ogawa, Quy laid stress on the fruitful cooperation between the two sides in environment, education-training, culture and investment since they established cooperative and friendship relations in 2008.

With total committed amount of over 2 billion USD, Japan is currently the largest provider of official development assistance (ODA) for Hanoi, he said, noting that Japan is also the biggest foreign investor in the capital city with registered capital of more than 5 billion USD and Fukuoka is the third largest trade partner of Hanoi.

Touted as an attractive destination for foreign travellers, Hanoi welcomed 2.2 million visitors, including nearly 300,000 from Japan in 2017, Quy said.

Briefing the guest about Hanoi’s economic development in the first half of the year, Quy said that the city recorded economic growth of 7 percent, higher than the same time last year. The city’s exports surged 10.1 percent year on year and attraction of foreign investment rose 9.9 percent.

Ogawa, for his part, noted that Fukuoka prefecture has strengths in manufacturing as well as robot, automobile and steel production.

With considerable experience in the application of high technology in agriculture, Fukuoka hopes that it can contribute to agricultural development in Hanoi in particular and in Vietnam in general, he said.-VNA