Participants, including Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong (2nd, from right) and Governor of Chiba Kensaku Morita (3rd, from right), of the meeting pose for a group photo -  (Photo: VNA)
 
HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City wants to step up economic cooperation and cultural exchange with Japan’s prefecture of Chiba, said Chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong on November 20.

He made the remarks while meeting with Governor of Chiba Kensaku Morita, who was on a visit to the city.

Phong told the Japanese governor that he highly values the growing relations between HCM City and Chiba, and that the city welcomes all Japanese delegations, including those from Chiba, to visit and explore opportunities for cooperation and investment.

He suggested that the two localities enhance economic and cultural exchanges and discuss cooperation in urban planning and management, innovative urban development, and human resources. The two sides should also consider setting up a partnership similar to that between HCM City and Japan’s Yokohama in nursing training, he added.

Kensaku Morita, for his part, highly spoke of HCM City’s potential, saying that Chiba wants to bolster cooperation with the southern economic hub in the fields of trade, investment, agriculture, education, human resources, and tourism.

He also briefed his host on Chiba’s socio-economic status and development potentials, affirming that Chiba authorities stand ready to provide support for the Vietnamese community in the prefecture, contributing to strengthening friendship and cooperation between Chiba and Vietnam.

HCM City now houses 48 FDI projects from Chiba, including many big names in the retail industry, like Aeon and Ministop.

They are among about 1,200 FDI projects operated by Japanese firms in HCM City, which have a total investment of more than 4 billion USD, making Japan the fifth largest foreign investor in the city.

The Japanese Business Association in HCM City currently has nearly 1,000 members.–VNA