Vietnamese, Japanese trade ministers hold phone talks hinh anh 1Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Kajiyama Hiroshi on April 17 agreed to assign units concerned to continue discussing the ASEAN – Japan action plan to restore economic growth.

During their phone talks, they also vowed to help the two countries’ businesses cope with COVID-19, as well as strengthen regional and global supply chains.

Anh informed Hiroshi of the ASEAN’s common stance on the draft joint statement of ASEAN and Japanese economic ministers on strengthening economic resilience in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19, which will be built on the basis of major contents in the Joint Statement proposed by Vietnam and adopted by ASEAN economic ministers at the 26th ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Retreat in the central city of Da Nang on March 10.

They also agreed in principle that ASEAN and Japan will issue the joint statement next week.

At the online Special ASEAN 3 Summit on Response to COVID-19 on April 14, leaders of ASEAN member states and China, Japan and the Republic of Korea adopted a joint statement to promptly respond to the pandemic’s impact on people’s health, and ease its socio-economic tolls in the region and the world./.