Officials cut the ribbon to open the Vietnam – Hanoi Festival 2018 in Fukuoka (Photo: kinhtedothi.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Hanoi is ready to help Fukuoka businesses increase their investment in Vietnam, an official of the Vietnamese capital city told leaders of the Japanese prefecture on July 30.

A Hanoi delegation led by Vice Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Council Phung Thi Hong Ha visited Fukuoka on July 30 and 31 on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties and 10 years of the Hanoi-Fukuoka cooperative relationship.

They met on July 30 with Fukuoka Governor Hiroshi Ogawa, who welcomed the visit, which followed a recent trip to Hanoi by the prefecture’s authorities.

He considered the Vietnam – Hanoi Festival 2018, held in Fukuoka on July 31 and August 1, a contribution to bilateral relations. The governor also said he expected the two sides to regularly hold cultural exchanges and promote cooperation projects in hi-tech agriculture.

At a separate meeting, Chairman of the Fukuoka Council Jungo Inoue said this visit will help strengthen ties between the two localities. 

He asked the Fukuoka Council and Hanoi People’s Council to step up delegation exchanges and meetings to share experience in financial system development, budget management and preservation and promotion of cultural heritage values.

At the events, Vice Chairwoman Ha recognised the considerable progress since Hanoi and Fukuoka inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on bilateral friendship and cooperation in 2008.

She also thanked the local administration for supporting her city to prepare for the Vietnam – Hanoi Festival 2018.

She expressed her hope that the two sides will enhance cooperation in the fields stated in the MoU, including maintaining mutual visits, expanding cooperation to the district level, preserving and promoting cultural heritage values and enhancing partnerships in investment-trade-tourism, environment, culture and education.

Ha affirmed that Hanoi is ready to help Fukuoka bolster investment in Vietnam.

On July 31, the Vietnam – Hanoi Festival 2018 opened in the Japanese prefecture, featuring performances of traditional arts, introduction of Vietnamese cuisine and consumer goods, an exhibition on Vietnamese culture and a photo display on Hanoi-Fukuoka relations.-VNA