Vietnamese and Japanese small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) exchanged information and sought cooperation opportunities at a get-together in Hanoi on October 29.

Addressing the function, Chairman of the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) Vu Tien Loc said economic cooperation, especially in investment and trade, between the two countries is in its finest period.

Japan is Vietnam ’s most important economic investment partner. In the first 10 months of this year, Japanese enterprises poured nearly 5 billion USD into Vietnam .

The VCCI and Japanese partners are willing to act as a bridge for the business circles of both countries to meet and seek investment and trading opportunities, Loc said.

Kohei Watanabe, President of the Japan-Mekong Cooperation Committee, said the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and trading associations of the country are keen on the Vietnamese market.

Japanese enterprises want Vietnam to improve its investment environment to make it suitable for international practices as well as tap its potential to receive investment from Japan , he added.

Japanese businesses will continue to invest in some projects in Vietnam and remain high on the list of foreign investors in the country, he affirmed.

Vietnam expects to receive investment prioritising support industries and helping SMEs access markets so that they will become partners of foreign investors, including those from Japan, according to delegates.-VNA