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Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc lauded effective cooperation between Japanese and Vietnamese businesses while receiving Special Advisor to the Japanese Cabinet Isao Iijima in Hanoi on December 23.

As Vietnam and Japan have enjoyed sound extensive strategic partnership in various fields with key cooperation in economy, the Prime Minister expressed his hope that Japan will take lead in foreign direct investment (FDI) in Vietnam.

He wished that enterprises from the Northeast Asian nation will have more opportunities to invest in the country when the Vietnamese Government is putting forth the equitisation of state-own enterprises and large firms have set up plans to launch initial public offering (IPO).

In recent times, shares of giant groups like Vinamilk and Sabeco have been sold successfully to foreign investors, he noted.

Isao Iijima, for his part, informed his host that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe appraised the phone talks with Prime Minister Phuc on December 22.

Japanese groups are interested in joining in the equtisation of Vietnamese state-owned enterprises as well as enlarging operation in the Southeast Asian nation, he added.-VNA