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Top Japanese legislator in Vietnam

Released at: 11:17, 05/05/2017

Top Japanese legislator in Vietnam

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) and Speaker Oshima Tadamori (Photo: quochoi.vn)

Mr. Oshima Tadamori arrives in Hanoi on May 4 for three-day official visit.

by Nguyen Quoc

Speaker of the House of Representatives in Japan, Mr. Oshima Tadamori, arrived in Hanoi on May 4 for a three-day official visit at the invitation of National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

According to a report from the Vietnam News Agency, the two senior legislators held talks in Hanoi on the same day.

Appreciating the determination to double 2016’s two-way trade of $30 billion by 2020, the NA Chairwoman said that Japan has become Vietnam’s most important economic partner, as it is the largest official development assistance (ODA) provider, the second-largest investor, with 3,355 valid projects worth $42.49 billion, and the fourth-largest bilateral trade partner.

More than 1,600 Japanese enterprises are investing in Vietnam.

According to Ms. Ngan, the two sides have carried out a number of large-scale projects in the fields of infrastructure and energy in Vietnam. Japanese hallmarks have been seen in many infrastructure facilities, such as roads, seaports, airports, hospitals, and schools.

Completed projects have played an important role in Vietnam’s socioeconomic development, culture and tourism, she emphasized.

Vietnam encourages major Japanese corporations to become involved in the restructuring of State-owned enterprises as well as the banking system under the public-private partnership (PPP) form.

Expressing her gratitude to Japan for assisting Vietnam in overcoming the consequences of war, the NA Chairwoman hopes that Japan will provide non-refundable ODA for Vietnam to implement a joint project on dioxin treatment at Bien Hoa Airport in southern Dong Nai province.   

Vietnam also hopes to further cooperation with Japan in high technology, support industries, and agriculture, especially regarding climate change response.

She suggested Japan’s House of Representatives and Mr. Tadamori facilitate activities within the Vietnamese community in Japan, contributing to socioeconomic development in both countries and bolstering Vietnam-Japan friendship.

Mr. Tadamori affirmed his desire that the two sides continue increasing cooperation between their legislative bodies as well as exchanges between friendship parliamentarian groups. He also suggested that both sides further step up political and economic relations.

Numerous Japanese businesses have invested in Vietnam, he said, adding that many others also wish to do business in the country in the future.

He agreed with Ms. Ngan regarding the need to boost labor cooperation, in which Japan should increase the number of Vietnamese apprentices it receives in the fields of agriculture, fisheries and construction on the basis of Japan’s new law, which will take effect in November 2017.

Japan will provide favorable conditions for foreign workers to study and work in the country, he said, adding that the new law on this field will help enhance people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

In terms of trade ties, he asked that countries implement regulations in global trade agreements, including the TPP, and hoped they will continue to discuss promoting the trade pact.

Japan’s House of Representatives supports the realization of the two countries’ high-level agreements, Mr. Tadamori affirmed, asking that the two legislatures step up supervising the implementation of joint programs and projects between the Vietnamese and Japanese Governments, ministries, and sectors.

Mr. Tadamori and Ms. Ngan noted with satisfaction that, in 2016, nearly 700,000 Japanese tourists visited Vietnam while more than 200,000 Vietnamese people chose Japan as their holiday destination.

They also exchanged views on regional and international issues of shared concern, including the East Sea issue. They emphasized the need to maintain peace, stability, safety, security, and freedom of navigation and over-flight in and above the East Sea, peacefully settle disputes, respect diplomatic and legal processes, and adhere to international law.

Ms. Ngan invited representatives of Japan’s National Diet to attend the IPU symposium on climate change, which will be hosted by the NA in Ho Chi Minh City from May 11-13.

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