The PM made the statement during his meeting in Hanoi on May 20 with Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Hiroshige Seko who is in Vietnam for the 23rd Meeting of Ministers Responsible for Trade (MRT 23) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum.
Lauding Japan’s role in the Asia-Pacific region, the Vietnamese leader believes that Japan will make active contributions to the success of the APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade Meeting.
Prime Minister Phuc also spoke highly of the exchange activities between the two countries, especially the first visit to Vietnam made by the Japanese Emperor and Empress that marked a milestone in cooperation and friendship between the two countries.
As part of the movement to enhance the comprehensive development of the bilateral relations, the Vietnam-Japan University project is a symbol of cooperation between the two peoples, he said, adding that the two countries need to work together to support learning and teaching at the educational institution.
He also asked the relevant organisations from both sides to discuss solutions to promoting farm produce imports and exports, contributing to increasing the two-way trade which is not fulfilling the potential of either country.
He hopes the two countries could flesh out new forms of cooperation to elevate bilateral trade to a new high.
Meanwhile, Minister Hiroshige Seko said that the Japanese Government and people wish to welcome Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to pay an official visit to the country while pledging that his ministry will make contributions to the success of the Vietnamese leader’s visit.
Vietnam plays a significant role in fostering cooperation mechanisms in the Asia-Pacific region and in the world, he stressed, expressing his wish that Prime Minister Phuc and the Vietnamese government will pay more attention to the Vietnam-Japan University project.