Permanent Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem (R) and visiting Mayor of Kagoshima city Hiroyuki Mori (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City wants to boost its cooperation and friendship with Japan’s Kagoshima city, especially in areas of both sides’ strength and potential.

The affirmation was made by Permanent Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem at a reception for visiting Mayor of Kagoshima city Hiroyuki Mori on November 19.

Liem said that the successive visits of the Governor of Kagoshima prefecture and the Major of Kagoshima city to HCM City reflected the Japanese side’s interest and goodwill to boost cooperation with Vietnam’s southern hub.

HCM City wishes to continue promoting exchange and cooperation activities between Kagoshima city and HCM City in particular and between Japanese and Vietnamese localities in general, he said.

Speaking highly of the Japanese city’s tourism potential and hi-tech agricultural development, the municipal official expressed his hope that Kagoshima city will further enhance collaboration with Vietnam, including HCM City, in such areas as trade, investment, culture, education and people-to-people exchange.

He suggested the Japanese city step up coordination with HCM City to seek a common voice in their cooperation, especially in fields of Kagoshima’s strength such as agricultural production, farm produce and food processing.

For his part, Mori said he is impressed by the strong and dynamic development of Vietnam and HCM City in particular. He affirmed his city wishes to foster affiliation in culture, economy and people-to-people exchange with Southeast Asian nations, especially Vietnam, with HCM City as its socio-economic centre.

The mayor said over the past years, the relationship between Kagoshima city and Vietnam has been developing as around 500 Vietnamese people are now living and studying in the Japanese city and the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association’s chapter in the city was set up two years ago.

Notably, after the Governor of Kagoshima prefecture’s visit to HCM City, two businesses from Kagoshima have invested in the Vietnamese city and their projects have proven effective, he said, stressing this shows huge potential for cooperation between the two sides in the future.

Kagoshima city, capital of Kagoshima prefecture, boasts potential in tourism, hi-tech agriculture, agricultural and seafood processing.-VNA