Vietnam offers good opportunities for businesses from Ehime prefecture of Japan in the manufacturing of hi-tech and agricultural machinery, textiles and garment and personnel training, according to Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Doan Xuan Hung.

Speaking in front of more than 200 representatives from research institutes and businesses at a recent seminar in Ehime, the ambassador said both sides will benefit from the cooperation.

Vietnamese counsellor in charge of investment promotion Le Huu Quang Huy spoke of the favourable conditions for Japanese investors, including Vietnam’s location in the centre of Southeast Asia , an open investment environment and preferential policies, and the fine development of Vietnam-Japan relations.

The director of Ichihiro Company, which runs a factory in Vietnam’s Tay Ninh province, shared his experience in seeking location, partners, worker recruitment and training.

Meanwhile, the director of Tact Noda company which receives Vietnamese trainees, said the number of trainees from Vietnam employed by small and medium-sized businesses in Ehime increased last year despite the general downward trend in the amount of foreign trainees.

At present, 108 Vietnamese trainees are working in Ehime prefecture, he said, noting that there remain difficulties in employing Vietnamese trainees because of high recruitment cost, language barrier and trainees’ poor understanding of industrial working culture.

Representatives from Ehime monetary and financial organizations and universities put forth solutions to assist the prefecture’s businesses in investing in Vietnam and training personnel.

The head of the prefecture will lead a business delegation to Vietnam to explore the country’s investment environment and seek Vietnamese partners.-VNA