A section of the Ben Thanh - Suoi Tien metro 1 (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong has called on Japan to invest in local infrastructure.

During a reception for a delegation from Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism led by Minister Keiichi Ishii on August 7, Phong expressed his delight at the fruitful development and the huge potential for bilateral cooperation between the city and Japan in infrastructure, transport and urban development.

He also expressed thanks to the Japanese Government for providing official development assistance (ODA) for local key projects, including the metro line 1 from the Ben Thanh market to Suoi Tien Park and the first phase of the metro line 3A from the Ben Thanh market to the Mien Tay (Western) Coach Station.

He called on Japan, via the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), to provide technical assistance for the phase 2 of the metro line 3A project from the Mien Tay Coach Station to Tan Kien.

Phong suggested the Japanese ministry continue its assistance for the city during the operation of the metro line 1.

For his part, Minister Keiichi Isshi wished to continue cooperating with HCM City in developing high-quality infrastructure and training human resources. 

He also called on local authorities to accelerate the implementation of the Ben Thanh underground trade centre to ensure comprehensive connection with the metro line 1.-VNA