Vietnamese, Japanese top legislators hold talks in HN

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VGP - The Vietnamese National Assembly always hopes and stands ready to shake hands with Japan to cement and deepen the countries' strategic partnership, contributing to consolidating political trust, and people-to-people exchanges.

Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) and Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan Oshima Tadamori, Ha Noi, May 4, 2017

Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan made the statement during talks with Speaker of the House of Representatives of Japan Oshima Tadamori in Ha Noi on May 4.

The Speaker and his spouse Oshima Setsu are paying an official visit to Viet Nam from May 4-6 at the invitation of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

Chairwoman Ngan warmly welcomed the official visit of the Japanese guest, regarding this as a vivid symbol for the strategic ties between the two countries. She was convinced that the visit would contribute to elevating the bilateral ties to a new height.

According to the host leader, regular visits and meetings by all-level officials and parliamentarian groups as well as people-to-people exchanges over the past time, especially, the first-ever visit by Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko to Viet Nam in February 2017 and the other by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe one month earlier generated a momentum for promoting the friendship and cooperation between the two countries. In addition, Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc will pay an official tour to Japan next month.

NA Chairwoman Ngan suggested the two sides closely coordinate in holding activities to mark the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2018.

Last year, the two-way trade turnover touched nearly US$ 30 billion. Both sides are sparing no effort to double the figure by 2020. So far, Japan has become Viet Nam’s leading important economic partner as it is the largest official development assistance (ODA) provider, the second biggest investor with 3,355 valid direct investment projects worth US$ 42.49 billion, and the fourth largest bilateral trade partner.

At present, more than 1,600 Japanese businesses are investing in Viet Nam.

According to the top legislator, the two sides have carried out a number of large-scale projects in the fields of infrastructure and energy in Viet Nam. The Japanese hallmarks have been seen in many infrastructure facilities such as roads, seaports, airports, hospitals and schools. In the coming time, Viet Nam encourages Japan’s major corporations to get involved in the restructuring of State-owned enterprises as well as the banking system under the form of public-private partnership (PPP).

The Vietnamese top legislator expressed gratitude to Japan for assisting Viet Nam in overcoming war consequences, the NA Chairwoman wished Japan would provide non-refundable ODA for Viet Nam to implement a joint project on dioxin treatment at the Bien Hoa Airport.

Viet Nam also hopes to further cooperation with Japan in high technology, support industry and agriculture, especially in climate change response, she added.

On this occasion, Ms. Ngan proposed the Japanese House of Representatives and Speaker Oshima Tadamori facilitate the activities of the Vietnamese community in Japan, thus contributing to the socio-economic development in each country as well as bridging the Viet Nam-Japan friendship.

The host leader also recommended the two sides regularly maintain reciprocal visits; exchange views; share experience among legislative bodies, friendship parliamentarians' groups, especially young ones.

In reply, Speaker Oshima Tadamori wished that the two sides would continue increasing collaboration between their legislative bodies as well as exchanges between friendship parliamentarian groups. He also suggested both sides further step up relations in politics and economy.

Speaker Tadamori agreed with Chairwoman Ngan about the necessity to beef up labor cooperation with Japan increasing the number of Vietnamese apprentices it receives in the fields of agriculture, fisheries and construction on the basis of Japan’s new law, which will take effect in November 2017.

Japan will provide favorable conditions for foreign workers to study and work in the country, he said, adding that the new law on this field will help enhance people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

In terms of trade ties, he asked the countries to implement regulations in global trade agreements, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and hoped that they will continue discussion to promote this trade pact.

At the talks, both sides highly valued cooperation between the two parliaments, friendship parliamentarian groups, and parliamentarians of Viet Nam and Japan. They voiced their hope that mutual visits and meetings between parliamentary leaders will be maintained while cooperation, dialogue and opinion and experience sharing between legislative agencies should be fostered.

The House of Representatives of Japan supports the realization of the countries’ high-level agreements, Mr. Tadamori affirmed, asking the two parliaments to step up supervising the implementation of joint programs and projects between the Vietnamese and Japanese Governments, ministries and sectors.

Both Speaker Tadamori and Chairwoman Ngan appreciated the two friendship parliamentarian groups’ efforts to promote the establishment of the Viet Nam-Japan University, which has recorded good initial activities.

At the talks, the legislators also exchanged views on some regional and international issues of shared concern, including the East Sea issue. They stressed the need to maintain peace, stability, safety, security and freedom of navigation and over-flight in and above the East Sea, peacefully settle disputes, respect diplomatic and legal processes, and adhere to international law.

Chairwoman Ngan invited representatives of the National Diet of Japan to participate in the IPU symposium on climate change, which will be hosted by the Vietnamese National Assembly in Ho Chi Minh City from May 11-13./.

By Kim Anh

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