The People’s Committee of Hanoi and Fukuoka prefecture of Japan jointly held a conference promoting their agriculture cooperation in Hanoi on June 28. The event marked the 45th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Japan.

Addressing the event, vice mayor of Hanoi Nguyen Van Suu said cooperation between Hanoi and Fukuoka has been flourishing, naming such fields as culture, education, training, and education.

He said, the conference is a good opportunity to boost collaboration, towards sustainable development, hi-technology, and environmental protection.

Governor Hiroshi Ogawa, said Fukuoka has strengths in manufacturing as well as robot, automobile and steel production.

With a lot of experience in high-tech application in agriculture, Fukuoka hopes it could contribute to agricultural development in Hanoi, and Vietnam, he said.

Hiroshi Ogawa – Governor of Fukuoka said: "Hanoi has a big population and large cultivating area, therefore the city has a high potential in agricultural development. However, there are some shortcomings that the city is facing now such as inadequate productivity, high-quality agricultural manufacturing while increasing income for farmers. Fukuoka has experience in these matters and readies to help Hanoi, including environmental protection, and infrastructure, among others."

Ta Van Tuong, Deputy Director of Hanoi Department of Agriculture and Rural Development: "Local governments of the two sides will promote exchanges between their enterprises in order to further boost business collaboration."

Japan is currently the largest provider of official development assistance for Hanoi, as it has committed over 2 billion USD in total.

It is also the biggest foreign investor in the city, registering over 5 billion USD in capital.

Fukuoka is the third largest trade partner of Hanoi.-VNA