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Vietnam-Japan agricultural cooperation bolstered

Released at: 15:16, 12/08/2015

Vietnam-Japan agricultural cooperation bolstered

Two sides agree to approve the Long-Term Joint Vision On Agricultural Cooperation during visit by Japan's agriculture minister.

by Quynh Nguyen

During the visit by Japan’s Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Yoshimasa Hayashi to Vietnam the two sides agreed to soon approve the Long-Term Joint Vision on Agricultural Cooperation.

“Agricultural cooperation between Vietnam and Japan has entered a new phase, with greater depth and expanding into various fields and will contribute to realizing Vietnam’s goals for its agricultural sector, which are towards improving added value and sustainable development,” Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat said at the Second High-Level Meeting of the Japan-Vietnam Cooperation Dialogue Development on Vietnamese Agriculture, held in Hanoi on August 12.

Minister Phat congratulated Minister Hayashi on his continued appointment as Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and expressed his appreciation of the cooperative relationship in agriculture between the two countries. He also proposed that the two sides focus on certain advantageous agricultural fields in adopting the long-term joint vision, which both sides have made efforts to build over recent years.

He added that cooperative relations between Vietnam and Japan have been elevated to a strategic partnership, moving towards comprehensive cooperation in a range of fields including agriculture, which is a key sector as it contributes over 20 per cent of Vietnam’s annual GDP and employs 70 per cent of the population.

Over the past year, in cooperation with Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the two sides have strived to build the Long-Term Joint Vision on Agricultural Cooperation (2015-2019 phase). “The joint vision is heading in good direction,” Minister Phat said. “It deals with the agricultural issues that both sides are interested in, such as agricultural production chains, enhancing the added value of agricultural products, and high-tech applications in agriculture.”

He suggested Japan quickly allow Vietnamese mangos to be exported to Japan, at the same time promoting the opening up of the market to Vietnamese dragon fruit and lychee. He also proposed Japan continue programs relating to ODA and the transfer of technology in agriculture in Vietnam.

Minister Hayashi said he appreciated the efforts made by Vietnam in agricultural cooperation between the two countries. Japan has proposed that Vietnam create favorable conditions for Japanese businesses to invest in the country’s agriculture sector. Japanese enterprises have suggested that Japanese apples be allowed to be imported into Vietnam, and the country has also proposed that Vietnam participate in the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

It is expected that the Long-Term Joint Vision on Agricultural Cooperation between Vietnam and Japan will be approved during the visit by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to Japan in September, opening up the opportunity for extensive and comprehensive agricultural cooperation between the two countries.

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