Forty Japanese businesses operating in seafood industry, farming, trade, and also financial services attended a seminar on investment environment and cooperation potential in agriculture between Japan and the Mekong Delta region in Can Tho city on April 21.

Kohei Watanabe, head of the Japan-Mekong Business Cooperation Committee under the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the attendance is part of a trip organised by the Chamber to explore investment environment in the Mekong Delta – the region that is hoped to produce grains for Asia.

He stressed that farming cooperation and the transfer of seafood processing technologies, quality management and know-how about the formation of a value chain will shape up a win-win partnership between Japanese businesses and the region.

The Japanese participants were introduced to 122 projects that the Mekong Delta region is calling for investment.

According to deputy head of the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region Nguyen Phong Quang, as Vietnam’s largest rice granary and fruit and aquatic product provider, the Mekong Delta holds great potential and advantages to develop agriculture.

The region is inviting investment in transport and irrigational infrastructure, including roads, seaports and airports in order to better serve development demand and goods transportation, stated Quang.

On the occasion, the Steering Committee for the Southwestern Region and the Japan-Mekong Business Cooperation Committee signed a memorandum of understanding on economic cooperation.

Following the seminar, the Japanese businesspeople will continue their fact-finding tours in other localities in the region.-VNA