Viet Nam considers Japan an important strategic partner from whom it could gain experience and technology in the process of national development.
To Huy Rua, Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Organisation, made the affirmation while meeting with Japanese leaders during his visit to the country from May 16-20.
During time spent with Vice Speaker of the House of Representatives Eto Seishiro and Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura, Rua highly valued Japan's assistance to Viet Nam in developing its economy.
He thanked the Japanese Government and people for their ODA despite their own difficulties derived from natural disasters.
He affirmed Viet Nam's determination to use ODA effectively and speed up the implementation of projects agreed by the two sides.
On their part, the Japanese leaders affirmed that parliamentarians, be they from any political party, wanted to boost friendship with Viet Nam. They expressed their belief that the country's stable growth would contribute to the development of Mekong River countries.
Fujimura said the Japanese Government would consider measures to help Viet Nam implement ODA-funded projects.
At a working session with leaders of the Japan Federation of Economic Organisations (Nippon Keidanren), Rua called for participation in infrastructure construction projects in Viet Nam with suitable cooperation forms, including public-private partnerships (PPP).
Toshiaki Egashira, co-chairman of Keidanren's Asian and Oceania Committee, expressed his wish to strengthen economic, trade and investment co-operation with Viet Nam, thus promoting the implementation of infrastructure construction projects.
He asked that the Vietnamese Government create more favourable conditions for Japanese investors through perfecting its legal system, investment policy and environment.
After the working session, the two sides witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the M&C Group of Viet Nam and Toshiba of Japan on a project to develop an intelligent community in Viet Nam.
Rua also visited the headquarters of the Japanese Communist Party (JCP) and held talks with JCP chairman Kazuo Shii.
He met with former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, who is now President of the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance of the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), and the President of the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance of the Liberal Democratic Party, Tsutomu Takebe.
The Vietnamese delegation held talks with Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Tatsuo Kawabata and National Personnel Authority Commissioner Hara Tsuneo on co-operation in personnel organisation and management as well as in human resource development. — VNS