A cooperative agreement to develop human resources was signed between Vietnam’s Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Japanese Group Mitsui Asia Pacific in Hanoi on August 15.

Under the agreement, Mitsui will help Vietnam train officials for industry and trade to meet the sector’s demand during international integration.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Vietnam’s Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang highlighted the significant contributions by the Japanese corporation in promoting economic development in Vietnam as well as in strengthening multifaceted cooperation between the two countries.

The improvement of Vietnam’s human resources for industry and trade is one of priorities set for the sector’s development during the 2011-2020 period, said Hoang.

He added that the support from Japan will enhance the management skills of officials, which is important for Vietnam during international integration.

According to the group’s Director Takashi Yamauchi, the group has held several training courses for staff at Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment and it will continue with similar training programmes in Vietnam in the future.

Yamauchi also said he hoped that the cooperation will help promote stronger relations between both countries.-VNA