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Japan commits to continued ODA

Released at: 10:07, 16/09/2015 Vietnam - Japan Relations

Japan commits to continued ODA

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe meet in Tokyo during former's visit to Japan.

by Tue Lam

During the official visit of the Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to Japan the two sides agreed to continue to strengthen the strategic cooperation relationship and Japan pledged to continue providing overseas development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam.

After an official welcoming ceremony on September 15, Mr. Trong met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo.

During their talks they agreed on initiatives to foster the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership, with a focus on strengthening political trust, economic connectivity and cooperation, and stronger mutual support in regional and global issues. 

Both countries will promote sustainable links between the two economies over the long term in fields of potential and supplementary support with a focus on connecting economic development strategies, production, and human resources. 

Appreciating Japan’s assistance over the last 20 years, the Party chief asked for its continued provision of ODA, assistance in improving Vietnam’s farm produce value chain, making it easier for produce, wooden furniture, and fisheries to enter the Japanese market, together with human resources development efforts and accepting more Vietnamese nurses and trainees. 

Responding positively, Prime Minister Abe confirmed that Japan would continue supporting Vietnam in sustainable economic development, including prioritizing ODA. 

He announced that Japan will provide roughly JPY 100 billion ($830.6 million) in the foreseeable future for Vietnam’s North - South Highway and port projects. 

The two sides agreed to coordinate effectively to deploy the Mid and Long-term Joint Vision on Agricultural Cooperation, opening up Vietnam’s market to Japanese apples and Japan’s market to Vietnamese mangos from September 17. 

They agreed to facilitate travel for the people of the two countries, with Japan extending visas for Vietnamese businesspeople to up to ten years. 

The two also agreed to strengthen cooperation on issues of defense and security and expressed deep concern over issues in the East Sea.

Ending the talks, the two sides issued a Joint Vision Statement on the relationship between Vietnam and Japan.

Source image: VNA

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