HCMC Secretary promotes trade, investment in Japan hinh anh 1Secretary of the Party Committee of HCM City Dinh La Thang (L) and Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong met in Tokyo on April 6. (Photo: sggp.org.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Secretary of the Party Committee of HCM City Dinh La Thang is on a visit to Japan from April 6-15, aming to enhance trade and investment ties between the city and Japan.

During the visit, Thang is scheduled to meet local authorities and businesses to seek cooperation in infrastructure development, transportation, tourism and high technology.

The secretary will attend events promoting trade, investment and tourism in Osaka, Tokyo, Hyogo, Aichi and Nagano. Especially, conferences in Osaka and Hyogo are intended to call for investment in the city’s key projects and introduce its potential for investment and tourism.

He will tour several industrial parks and hi-tech agricultural and industrial projects in Japan.

On April 6, Secretary Thang met with Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong in Tokyo where he updated Cuong on socio-economic development in HCM City.

The city reported economic growth of 7.46 percent in the first quarter of 2017, higher than the same period last year, while about 85 trillion VND in tax payment was collected, Thang said.

At the same time, it confronted several major challenges in terms of infrastructure, transportation, environment, food safety and security, he added.

He expressed his hope that the Vietnamese Embassy will continue connecting HCM City and Japan so that more Japanese investment will enter the city.

Last year, Japan ranked sixth among countries and territories investing in HCM City.-VNA