Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen (L) and Kawabata Akiyoshi, Vice Governor of Miyagi prefecture. (Source: VNA)

 HCM City (VNA) – Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen has suggested HCM City and Japan’s Miyagi prefecture step up cooperation in tourism development.

At a reception for Kawabata Akiyoshi, Vice Governor of Miyagi, in HCM City on January 25, Tuyen said the two localities share many similarities and have favourable conditions for tourism collaboration.

The official expressed his hope that the two sides will soon implement an intensive cooperation plan, especially in tourism.

Tuyen also lauded Miyagi’s cooperation efforts in trade and education, calling for stronger affiliation in higher and tertiary education.

HCM City will facilitate the operation of Japanese investors, including those from Miyagi, he said.

For his part, Kawabata Akiyoshi thanked people of Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City for their interest in commercial activities of Miyagi businesses, which, he said, has been reflected through increasing turnovers of Miyagi seafood firms in Aeon Mall chains in Vietnam.

The launch of the direct air route from Vietnam to Miyagi has helped promote exchange and cooperation between HCM City and the Japanese prefecture, he said.

Kawabata Akiyoshi said many Miyagi firms have planned to access the Vietnamese market in general and the HCM City market in particular and many others have partnered with Vietnam to train Vietnamese students in preparation for their business in HCM City.-VNA