President Truong Tan Sang on September 24 highly valued the role the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) plays in strengthening the economic, trade and investment ties between the two countries.

Meeting with Chairman Tadashi Okamura in Hanoi, Sang said he hopes the Chamber will continue to encourage Japanese businesses to invest more to Vietnam, particularly in areas of high technology, infrastructure, human resources development and environment.

The President affirmed that despite the changes in the global political and economic situation in the past years, the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan has unceasingly developed.

He spoke highly of the large amount of ODA that Japan, a leading investor and the largest bilateral donor of Vietnam, has offered to the country.

Okamura said his organisation, as a top economic agency in Japan with more than 1 million members, is stepping up policies of supporting small-and-medium-sized enterprises to boost cooperation and investment in various countries in the world, including Vietnam .

The increasing number of Japanese enterprises operating in Vietnam is a clear evidence of the Japanese businesses’ interest to a country that plays an important role in Southeast Asia, he said.

The Chairman also affirmed that he will exert more effort to further strengthen economic, investment and trade cooperation between the two countries.-VNA