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Tuesday, December 12 2017
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Date 09/06/2017-09:34:00 AM
Further deepen Vietnam – Japan partnership
(MPI) – On the occasion of the Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official visit to Japan from 4th to 8th June 2017, after the meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the two leaders reaffirmed their determination to foster the Vietnam – Japan relationship in a Joint Statement on deepening the two countries’ extensive strategic partnership.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his counterpart Shinzo Abe at the meeting. Photo: VGP

According to the Joint Statement, the two Prime Ministers noted with satisfaction the robust, comprehensive and substantive growth of the Vietnam – Japan relationship in all fields since its upgrade to the “Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia” in 2014. Mutual visits and contacts by high-level leaders of both countries have taken place on a regular basis, contributing to strengthening mutual political trust. Bilateral economic, trade and investment ties have expanded significantly, helping to promote the connectivity between the two economies.Cooperation in the areas of defense and security, agriculture, science and technology, education and training, environment, climate change response, labor, construction, information, health, culture, tourism, sports and province-to-province and people-to-people exchanges have seen substantive progress.

Prime MinisterShinzoAbe highly valued the achievements in socio-economic development of VietNam thanks to the implementation of the reform (DoiMoi) policy during the past 30 years as well as VietNam’s efforts for promoting economic restructuring and growth model transformation to step up national industrialization and modernization at present. Prime Minister NguyenXuanPhucexpressed his gratitude to Japan, the largest donor providing Official Development Assistance (ODA), for the effective assistance to VietNam's sustainable social and economic development, and poverty reduction. He also highly valued the active role and contribution by Japanese companies to the economic development and national construction in VietNam. Both leaders shared the intention to cooperate in resolving the bottlenecks which hinder smooth implementation of Japan’s ODA projects.

Regarding economic, trade, investment and energy cooperation, both leaders shared the intention to closely collaborate in strengthening connectivity between the two economies as stated in the 2015 “Joint Vision Statement on VietNam-Japan Relations" with focus on linking their economic development strategies, production capacity and human resources on the mutually complimentary, mutually reinforcing and mutually beneficial basis.Both leaders shared the intention to maintain their close collaboration to make maximum use of the existing dialogue mechanisms such as the Viet Nam-JapanCooperation Committee, the Viet Nam-Japan Joint Committee on Industrial, Trade and EnergyCooperation and the Japan-Viet Nam Agricultural Cooperation Dialogue, as well as other ongoing dialogue mechanisms in ODA, investment, labor, science and technology, justice, environment, construction, among others. They highly valued the outcomes of the Vietnam Investment Conference on 5th June 2017.

Both leaders shared the intention to promote their bilateral trade cooperation, striving to realize the goal of doubling two-way trade and investment from 2014 till 2020.Noting that VietNam’s economic development is very important for the region, Prime MinisterShinzo Abe expressed his continued and strong support to VietNam's sustainable economic growth through cooperation in quality infrastructure development, energy, climate change response and human resources development. Both leaders shared the view that Japan would provide support to expediting high quality, large scale and critical national infrastructure projects, as well as make efforts to facilitate procedures to allow exportations and importations each other…

The Japanese sideconfirmed its support for Viet Nam in implementing plans of the six selected industries in VietNam's Industrialization Strategy as outlined in the Viet Nam-Japan Cooperation Framework until 2020 with vision to 2030, in a mutually beneficial manner, as well as organizing a working group for the effective implementation of the Strategy and that Japan would consider training advanced engineers for the six industries in the Industrialization Strategy.They confirmed to strengthen cooperation in the energy sector, including the construction of high-efficient and environmentally compliant coal-fired power plants as well as the application of new liquefied natural gas technology. Both leaders will also make efforts to promote negotiations towards prompt commencement of commercial operation of three BOT projects of coal-fired power plants. Both leaders will intensify cooperation on energy saving and power grid development.

Both leaders shared the intention to coordinate closely to improve the investment environment in VietNam through the implementation of the 6th phase of the Viet Nam-Japan Joint Initiative on improving the investment climate and legal system, strengthening the governance and restructuring of Vietnamese State-Owned Enterprises with ensuring the information disclosure by companies. They expressed their wish to promote more investment from Japanese companies into Vietnam and to promote public-private partnership (PPP) projects.

The two leaders reaffirmed commitment to strengthen political, defense and security relations, promote cooperation for comprehensive development of agriculture, environment, climate change response, science and technology, education and training, justice, information and communications technology, construction, culture, sports, tourism, people-to-people exchange and exchange between localities, organize activities commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Viet Nam-Japan diplomatic relations, strengthen cooperation at international and regional forums…

The two Prime Ministers witnessing the exchange of cooperative documents. Photo: VGP

At the meeting, the two Prime Ministers witnessed with delight the signing and exchanging such 14 cooperative documents as:

The exchange of Notes of yen loan projects worth ¥100.3 billion pledged by Japan in fiscal year 2016 for four projects in Vietnam, namely the Maritime Security and Safety Capacity Improvement Project, the BenTreWater Management Project, the BienHoaCity Drainage and Wastewater Treatment Systems Project (Stage 1), theHoaLac Science and Technology City Development Project (phase II); Three grant assistance projects in the fields of disaster prevention and human resources development, as well as and the loan Agreement for theHoaLac Science and Technology City Development Project; four memorandums of understanding and three memorandums of cooperation on variety fields./.

Nguyen Huong
Ministry of Planning and Investment

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