Vietnam treasures ties with Japan hinh anh 1Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung (Photo: VNA)

Tokyo (VNA) – Vietnam is aware that its relations with Japan are increasingly important in the context of rapid changes happening in the global and regional arenas, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung has said.

Vietnam pays special attention to its extensive strategic partnership with Japan and wants to lift it to a new height, Dung said during his talks with Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Kenichi Ishii in Tokyo, on April 11 as part of his visit to the country.

For his part, Kenichi Ishii stressed that his ministry has worked closely with the Ministry of Planning and Investment to deploy high-quality infrastructure projects in service of Vietnam’s economic growth.

At the working session with President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Kitaoka Shinichi, Minister Dung thanked the agency for its assistance and support for Vietnam in developing socio-economic infrastructure, affirming that many big projects are contributing efficiently to the country’s development.

Earlier, at a meeting with President of the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Parliamentarians Alliance Toshihiro Nikai, who is also Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party, the host said he hopes the two countries will increase activities to enhance their friendship.

For his part, Minister Dung stated that Vietnam highly values the Japanese Government’s valuable assistance and the Japanese business community’s contributions to its socio-economic development and always treasures the relations with Japan.

He said his visit aimed to discuss and seek new visions and orientations for future cooperation and expressed his wishes that the Japanese Government will provide Vietnam with more ODA with better conditions.

By the end of March, 2017, Japan is the second biggest investor in Vietnam with 3,355 projects worth 42.49 billion USD.

The country’s trade with Vietnam hit 29.71 billion USD in 2016, up 4.3 percent from 2015.

Japan is the largest ODA provider for Vietnam, accounting for 30 percent of the total sum committed.-VNA