Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and leaders of Mekong region countries met with Japan's Emperor and Crown Prince, and representatives from the Mekong-Japan Parliamentary Friendship League (MJPFL) on October 9 in the framework of the 10th Mekong-Japan summit in Tokyo.
The Vietnamese Government leader and the Mekong countries’ leaders also attended the Mekong-Japan Investment Forum and had a meeting with the Japan Business Federation (KEIDANREN) on the same day.
At the meeting with Mekong leaders, the Japanese Emperor and Crown Prince highlighted the importance of mutual trust and understanding between Japan and Mekong countries, expressing their hope that the Mekong-Japan Friendship Year in 2019 will help promote exchange among the governments and people of the six countries.
PM Phuc expressed his respect for the deep concern that the Emperor, Crown Prince and the Japanese Royal Family have given to Vietnam and the Japan-Vietnam relationship in recent times.
He affirmed that the Government and people of Vietnam give high priority to their relationship with Japan and to comprehensively promoting and strengthening the bilateral relations.
Meeting with representatives from the MJPFL, PM Phuc appreciated the role played by the league and hoped that the organisation would continue to contribute to promoting the multi-faceted and substantial cooperation between Japan and the Mekong countries.
Chairman of the MJPFL Ryu Shionoya and Chief Cabinet Secretary, advisor of the League Yoshihide Suga expressed their honour to receive the leaders of the six Mekong countries, affirming that the league will do its utmost to strengthen cooperation between Japan and the Mekong countries in the spheres of infrastructure, investment, trade, the environment, human resources training, and people-to-people exchange.
At the working session with representatives from the Japan Business Federation (KEIDANREN) and its member enterprises the same day, PM Phuc praised the role of the federation as a bridge to promoting Japan’s investment in the Mekong region, as well as the successful business and contributions of Japanese firms in Vietnam.
He introduced the achievements and potential of Vietnam’s economy, as well as the Vietnamese Government’s orientations towards maintaining socio-political stability, improving the business and investment environment, and promoting international integration so as to advance into the leading group of ASEAN.
The Vietnamese leader emphasised that similarities in culture and social values are the cornerstone of Vietnam-Japan relations, facilitating further development of economic ties.
KEIDANREN Chairman Nobuyuki Koga affirmed that the federation will continue to promote the investment activities of Japanese firms in the Mekong region, towards building a prosperous area with sustainable development.