He is accompanied by Minister and Chairman of the Government Office Vu Duc Dam, Minister of Industry and Trade Vu Huy Hoang, Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh, Minister of Finance Vuong Dinh Hue, Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang, Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Quan, and senior officials from other ministries.
The visit takes place at a time when the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan has developed strongly following a visit to Vietnam in October 2010 by the then Prime Minister Naoto Kan. Both countries have maintained regular exchanges of delegations at all levels to increase bilateral cooperation.
Japan is a leading economic and trade partner of Vietnam. It is the largest bilateral ODA donor, the third largest trade partner and the fourth largest FDI investor in Vietnam.
The two countries are working on key agreements stated in the 2010 Vietnam-Japan Joint Statement , including projects to build Hoa Lac hi-tech park, Ninh Thuan 2 nuclear power plant, and Long Thanh international airport, as well as cooperating in exploiting rare earth.
During the visit from October 30 to November 2, Vietnamese and Japanese leaders will discuss measures to strengthen bilateral cooperation in politics, diplomacy, national defence and security, economics, investment, trade, ODA, tourism, culture and education.
A number of cooperative documents will be signed on this occasion.
Right after his arrival in Japan, he visited the Vietnamese Embassy in Tokyo and met Vietnamese diplomats, workers and students in the country.
At the meeting with Vietnamese diplomats, he asked embassy staff and representatives of Vietnamese agencies to work harder to promote cooperation between the two countries.
The embassy and representative Vietnamese agencies as well as the Vietnamese community in Japan should make a greater effort to contribute to implementing joint projects agreed by the two countries’ leaders, said Mr Dung, who began an official visit to Japan on the same day.
The government leader praised them for their positive contributions to strengthening the Vietnam-Japan strategic partnership in recent times, especially in politics, economics, trade, investment, official development assistance, tourism, education and culture.
He acknowledged their efforts in evacuating more than 80 Vietnamese nationals stranded in the areas affected by the powerful March earthquake and tsunamis to higher ground, as well as in helping them stabilise their lives.
He briefed them on Vietnam’s major socio-economic development achievements, and said during his visit leaders of the two countries will work out a plan of action to bring the Vietnam-Japan strategic partnership to life, and to speed up implementation of key Japanese-funded infrastructure construction projects in Vietnam.
Mr Dung presented the Prime Minister’s certificate of merit to Ambassador Nguyen Phu Binh, recognising his contributions to rescuing and supporting Vietnamese nationals after the earthquake and tsunamis in north-eastern Japan.
The PM is scheduled to hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Yoshihico Noda on October 31.