The official welcome ceremony to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hosted by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc takes place at the Presidential Palace. Photo: VNA
At the invitation of Vietnamese
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and
his wife paid an official visit to Vietnam from 16 - 17 January 2017.
During the visit, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc; presided over a press conference; paid a courtesy visit to General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, State President Tran Dai Quang; and had a meeting with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe co-chaired the Vietnam - Japan Business Talk. The Japanese Prime Minister also met with Head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Organization and Chairman of the Vietnam - Japan Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group Pham Minh Chinh; met with Director of the Vietnam National University Hanoi and a number of staff members and students of the Vietnam - Japan University of.
In an atmosphere of friendship, trust and mutual understanding, the two sides reached consensus on the major orientations and specific measures to make the Vietnam - Japan strategic partnership more comprehensive, substantive and effective in the future.
The two sides agreed to further strengthen political trust through high-level visits and contacts, and enhance effective dialogue mechanisms; affirmed to closely coordinate to successfully organize the visit to Vietnam by the Japanese Emperor and Empress in Spring. The two sides agreed to strengthen substantive cooperation on security, defense, including mine and bomb clearance and capacity building of law enforcement at sea.
Regarding economic cooperation, the two sides reached agreement on perception of connectivity of the two economies through the promotion of investment, trade, ODA and cooperation in complementary fields like local cooperation, agriculture and labor. Both sides agreed to continue implementing Vietnam’s industrialization strategy within the Vietnam-Japan Cooperation Framework through 2020 with a vision to 2030, the 6th phase of the Vietnam - Japan Joint Initiative to improve the business environment in Vietnam and large infrastructure projects, including North-South Expressway. The two sides agreed to promote cooperation in the field of high-tech agriculture, high-quality human resource training, local cooperation and increase the number of trainees from Vietnam and areas of training.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced Japan’s issuance of license to import red flesh dragon fruit from Vietnam and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc also announced Vietnam’s issuance of license to import Japanese pear.
Japan will continue to support Vietnam's socio - economic development through ODA loans as well as promote cooperation projects in high quality infrastructure. It committed to provide more ODA in 2016 fiscal year to Vietnam worth 123 billion yen (US$ 1.05 billion) in the fields of maritime security, response to climate change, water drainage wastewater treatment. Japan is ready to boost high-tech application, increase Japanese investment in Vietnamese state-owned enterprises, and support personnel training while facilitating Japan visits by Vietnamese tourists and cultural exchange.
The two sides exchanged views on international issues of mutual concern and confirmed close cooperation on international and regional fora. The two sides underscored the importance of ensuring peace, security, maritime and aviation safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea, urging the parties concerned to refrain from actions that cause tension and militarization resulting in changing the status quo in the sea, and promote the settlement of disputes by peaceful means. All parties should fully respect diplomatic and legal processes, not to use force or threat to use force, seriously abide by international law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), and promptly reach a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).
On this occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe witnessed the signing of agreements between ministries, departments and enterprises of the two countries including the Exchange of Notes on ODA loan to the Support Program to Respond to climate change (VII) (worth 10 billion yen); the Exchange of notes on the non-refundable aid for the socio-economic Development Program on Enhancing Capacity for Waterway Security (worth 300 million yen); the ODA Loan Agreement for the Program Economic Management and Competitiveness Credit (III) (worth 11 billion yen); the ODA Loan Agreement for the Support Programme to Respond to Climate Change (VII) (10 billion yen); a Strategic Cooperation Agreement between the Vietnam Textile and Garment Group (Vinatex) and the Textile Company Intochu of Japanese firm Itochu; and the Agreement on Investment in Vung Ang Thermal Power Project 2.
During the official visit to Vietnam, Mrs. Akie Abe, wife of Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had a cordial conversation with the Vietnamese Prime Minister's wife Mrs. Tran Nguyet Thu; visited the Hanoi Rehabilitation Hospital; and met some Vietnamese who had participated in the South East Asia Youth Ship Program.