At the reception (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA)
– Ho Chi Minh City hopes to have more cooperation activities with Japanese localities, including Aomori prefecture, to develop hi-tech agriculture, said a local official.

Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong expressed his wish while receiving the Mayors of Hachinohe, Aomori, and Mutsu cities of Aomori prefecture, who have been in HCM City to attend the “Japan Aomori Food Fair 2018”.

Japanese products, including Aomori apples, have become popular among Vietnamese consumers and those in HCM City as well, Phong said.

The ongoing visit by the mayors to HCM City will contribute to increasing the trade exchanges and cooperation between firms of the two localities, particularly after the launch of a direct air route between the city and Hokkaido in the coming time, he said.

Phong lauded the cities’ authorities for accompanying with their businesses to organise the “Japan Aomori Food Fair”, saying that the event is a model for HCM City to learn and introduce its products to international markets.

On behalf of the Japanese delegation, Kobayashi Makota, Mayor of Hachinohe city, affirmed that the administration and enterprises of Aomori prefecture are interested in the Vietnamese market and expect to introduce to local consumers its high-quality products, such as apples, sea shells, tuna, among others.

He expressed his hope that HCM City and localities of Aomori prefecture will beef up cooperation in their key fields, such as high-quality agricultural products, seafood, while fostering relations between their firms, thus contributing to the friendship between the two nations.

The northern prefecture of Aomori is famous for fishing, seafood processing, and high-quality agricultural production.

It is also home to a large number of Vietnamese students and postgraduates.-VNA