Governor of the Japanese prefecture of Kanagawa Yuji Kuroiwa has expressed hope for closer cooperation with Vietnam, especially in economics.

As the second largest prefecture in Japan, Kanagawa is designated as a national special zone with many small and medium-sized firms keen to invest in Vietnam, Kuroiwa told head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Economic Affairs Vuong Dinh Hue in Hanoi on July 25.

He added that the prefecture wants to build an industrial park in Vietnam.

The governor also informed his host that the Kanagawa prefecture has signed a memorandum of understanding with the central city of Da Nang on personnel exchange between the Da Nang tumour hospital and Kanagawa tumour centre.

The Vietnamese Party official welcomed the proposals of Kanagawa prefecture on cooperation with Vietnam and expressed hope that the prefecture will encourage investment in Vietnam’s education, health care and public services.

He suggested Japan allows more Vietnamese engineers to work in the country in the time to come, which will help ease Japan’s shortage of workforce while increasing human resources quality for Vietnam.

Hue said his commission intends to study Japan’s experience in institutional and economic restructuring in order to work out suitable options for Vietnam in this field towards the aim of further improving business and investment climate and competitiveness.

The same day, a Vietnam - Kanagawa investment forum was held in Hanoi the same day, which resulted in the signing of an MoU on cooperation between the Ministry of Planning and Investment and Kanagawa prefecture.

Governor Kuroiwa said Kanagawa is home to firms active in electronics, mechanical engineering, media and biotechnology, and about 40 Kanagawa-based businesses have invested in Vietnam so far.

Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Van Trung vowed all possible support for Kanagawa enterprises, especially those operating in health care, education and vocational training.-VNA