President Truong Tan Sang hosted a reception in Hanoi on April 16 for Chairman of Japan’s Kansai Economic Federation (Kankeiren) Shosuke Mori, who is on a working visit to Vietnam to strengthen cooperation between the two sides.

The President thanked the support of businesses from Kansai region and Japan in general for Vietnam , and affirmed that Japan is an important strategic partnership in Vietnam ’s foreign policy.

He highly valued the close economic relations between the Kansai region and Vietnam ’s ministries, sectors and localities.

“With the economic strength of Kansai region, and the active efforts by both sides, our two countries’ trade turnover will not stop at the current level,” he said, adding that he hopes Kankeiren will propose new fields for bilateral cooperation on the basis of the traditional mutual trust and advantages such as a large number of Vietnamese students in Kansai and a direct air route between Vietnam and Kansai.

The Kankeiren chairman said his visit aims to create a new breakthrough in bilateral trade cooperation to celebrate the 40 th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

He said thanks to the facilitation and assistance provided by the Vietnamese Party and State, as well as efforts made by diplomatic agencies, investment from Kansai businesses now accounts for 20 percent of Japan ’s total investment in Vietnam.

Mori suggested the two sides increase cooperation in human resources training and environmental protection.

Kankeiren will work closely with Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment and Ministry of Industry and Trade to provide necessary information for the two countries’ businesses, he said.-VNA