President Tran Dai Quang hosted Iranian Ambassador to Vietnam Saleh Abidi in Hanoi on October 4, saying Vietnam places importance to the upcoming visit by President Hassan Rouhani.

President Tran Dai Quang (R) and Iranian Ambassador to Vietnam Saleh Abidi 

He expressed his belief that the visit will be a crucial hallmark and bring the traditional friendship and cooperation between the two countries to the next level.

Ambassador Saleh Abidi said with its strengths in nanotechnology and cell and space technologies, Iran wishes to partner with Vietnam in these fields.

Iran is determined to raise its two-way trade and economic cooperation with Vietnam, the diplomat said.

Also on the day, the President welcomed Hitoshi Kato, President of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association of Sakai city.

He said he is delighted with the enhanced cooperation between the Japanese city and Vietnamese localities, and called for the expansion of local ties.

The President underscored the Vietnamese State’s policy of paying heed to broadening exchanges and affiliations between the two countries’ localities, seeing it as an important factor to bolster the extensive strategic partnership.

He hailed Hitoshi Kato and Sakai city’s Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association for contributing to accelerating economic relations and people-to-people exchanges.
He gave special estimations to the project on transferring tuna fishing techniques and equipment to fishermen in central Binh Dinh province carried out by Hitoshi Kato and the Association, suggesting expanding it to Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa provinces.

The Japanese guest expressed his belief that when the project enters the second year, Binh Dinh’s fishermen will mater tuna fishing and preserving techniques to add higher value to the fish.

Prime Minister greets Japanese Ambassador, expert

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Hiroshi Fukada in Hanoi on October 4.

The PM thanked Hiroshi Fukada for dedicated services to the meetings between high-ranking leaders of the two countries, particularly the visit to Japan of Vietnamese leaders to attend the expanded G7 Summit in late May.

He appreciated the ambassador’s efforts to boost bilateral ties in agricultural trade, local cooperation and human resources, hoping that he will continue fostering Vietnam-Japan friendship in the future.

Hiroshi Fukada said that three years in Vietnam left a lasting impression on him and that he appreciated the support from the local Government, State agencies and organisations.

Japan will aid Vietnam’s economic development via offering more official development assistance , he said.

The diplomat expects Vietnam and Japan to hold more delegation visits and people-to-people exchanges.

The same day, the Prime Minister had a meeting with Toshiro Mutoh, head of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)’s consulting board for State-owned enterprise and banking restructuring.

He affirmed that Japan is Vietnam’s leading economic partner and the second largest investor.

The Government leader thanked JICA and Toshiro Mutoh for their support for Vietnam in improving its SOE and banking restructuring capacity, as well as the agency’s investments in high technologies, especially in areas of Vietnam’s priority.

He called on Japanese experts to continue sharing their experience in divesting State capital from SOEs, managing bad debts and improving bank governance capacity.

Toshiro Mutoh suggested ways to deal with bad debts and restructure SOEs and banks in Vietnam, saying the most important job is how to accurately value assets of the enterprises and raise their operation capacity after equitisation.