President receives Japanese guest hinh anh 1President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Governor of Gunma prefecture of Japan Yamamoto Ichita (Photo: VNA) 

Hanoi (VNA) – President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on August 4 hosted a reception for Governor of Gunma prefecture of Japan Yamamoto Ichita who is on a working visit to Vietnam.

During the meeting, the leader spotlighted the strong and comprehensive development of the Vietnam – Japan extensive strategic partnership with high political trust, saying that regular high-level delegation exchanges, economic-investment-trade and defence cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges between the two sides have been further promoted.

President receives Japanese guest hinh anh 2Participants at the reception (Photo: VNA)

Japan continues to be among Vietnam's top economic partners, the biggest ODA provider, the third largest investor and the fourth trade partner of Vietnam, the President said, noting that cooperation in tourism, labour, human resources training, and local cooperation between the two countries have been also further strengthened.

Cooperation between Vietnam and Gunma prefecture, especially in economic, investment bond and people-to-people exchanges, have been being actively developed, he added.

President Phuc spoke highly of the efforts by Governor Ichita in promoting relations with Vietnam over the past time, particualarly in organising Vietnamese festivals in the Japanese locality and helping the Vietnamese community there overcome difficulties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He suggested businesses of Gunma pour more investment into Vietnam, especially in high-tech green agriculture, processing and manufacturing industries, supporting industry, digital technology and artificial intelligence.

The two sides should expand human resources cooperation, he said, calling on the Japanese locality to create favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community to live, work and study in the prefecture.

For his part, Ichita said he will do his utmost to contribute to further promoting the Vietnam – Japan relations, especially economic cooperation between Gunma and Vietnamese localities.

According to Ichita, business delegations of Gunma will visit Vietnam to seek investment opportunities in the Southeast Asian nation in the field of digital and information technology, and manufacturing technology./.