Vinh Phuc Province seeks stronger links with Japan

Friday, Jun 24, 2022 16:10

An automobile assembly line of Toyota Vietnam in the northern province of Vinh Phuc. Vinh Phuc is an important part of the global supply chain of Japanese enterprises. — Photo

Vinh Phuc Province always views Japanese localities and businesses as leading partners in its development progress, said Hoang Thi Thuy Lan, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee.

Lan made the statement at a conference held in the northern province of Vinh Phuc on Thursday with a view to reinforcing the northern province’s cooperation with Japanese localities and investors.

The conference attracted the participation of nearly 700 delegates both online and offline from the two countries.

Highlighting their long-standing and expanding cooperation, she said Vinh Phuc's official co-operative relations were set up with Japan’s Akita prefecture in March 2015, and Tochigi prefecture in December 2021, which have created important prerequisites for boosting bilateral partnerships in many areas.

By the end of May, the province had housed 435 FDI projects with a combined capital of US$7.33 billion from 20 countries and territories. With 59 projects worth $1.62 billion, Japan ranks third in terms of project number and value, but has always been the best performer when it comes to capital disbursement, project effectiveness, and contributions to the local budget, according to the official.

Lan affirmed that Vinh Phuc considered investors’ successes as its own and that it always provided optimal conditions, exerted efforts to address difficulties facing Japanese enterprises, and welcomed Japanese firms coming to invest and do business in the province.

In his remarks, Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs would further help provinces and cities across the country, including Vinh Phuc, to boost connections in the economy, trade, investment, science and technology with international partners, including Japan.

He expressed his hope that after the conference, Vinh Phuc would expand and intensify relations with Japanese partners, thus helping promote Viet Nam-Japan ties.

According to Japanese Ambassador to Viet Nam Yamada Takio, the two countries boast practical and strategic relations in all spheres, from politics and security to economic, cultural and social affairs.

In Viet Nam, Vinh Phuc is one of the centres to attract Japanese businesses and occupies an important position in the global supply chain of Japanese enterprises. Thang Long-Vinh Phuc Industrial Park is an industrial park dedicated to Japanese investment and has a complete investment environment, making it easy for small and medium enterprises to invest in Viet Nam.

"It is not an exaggeration to say that Vinh Phuc is the most successful locality in attracting investment from Japan to Viet Nam," he added.

He also acknowledged Vinh Phuc's initiative in recent years to create the best conditions for Japanese investors, such as setting up a separate agency to support and give priority to vaccination for Japanese enterprises.

He called on Japanese enterprises to continue promoting images of Vinh Phuc so that more companies from his country would invest in the province, adding that the embassy would do its utmost to boost Japan–Viet Nam relations, including between Japanese localities and businesses in Vinh Phuc.

Vu Kim Thanh, Deputy Head of Vinh Phuc Industrial Zone Management Board, told Viet Nam News that the province had given priority to attracting investment in developing supply chains, especially supply chains in the fields of automobiles, motorbikes and electric vehicles; household electronics and agricultural machines, mechanical engineering; and food processing and agricultural products.

“In addition to the Government’s general investment policies, Vinh Phuc Province focuses on reforming administrative procedures, especially issues relating to land, environment to help businesses quickly and fully comply with regulations,” Thanh added.

Keisuke Tokunaga, a representative from Toyota Vietnam, said that the enterprise had invested in Vinh Phuc Province since 1996. Since then, the business had always received the attention and support of the local government, such as surveying the investment environment, supporting site clearances and implementing investment projects.

In the two years affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, the province had made great efforts to improve the investment environment and support businesses through the rapid implementation of COVID-19 vaccination and took effective measures to help firms overcome difficulties, he added.

At the event, the Vinh Phuc People’s Committee and the Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in investment promotions. — VNS

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