Last update 3/21/2012 10:23:00 AM (GMT+7)

Vietnam eager to help Japan with reconstruction

VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam is willing to assist Japan to reconstruct the country, says Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

PM Dung made the affirmation at a March 20 reception for Yukio Hatoyama, former Japanese Prime Minister and President of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance in Hanoi.

He said as a close friend and strategic partner of Japan, Vietnam congratulates the East Asian country on the progress it has made in national reconstruction following destructive earthquakes and tsunami in March 2011.

The PM highlighted the development of comprehensive bilateral cooperation which has benefited both nations.

He thanked the Japanese Government for continuing to provide ODA for Vietnam, despite its financial difficulty and assured his guest that the country will make the best use of the aid to further its national development.

Vietnam hopes to deepen its strategic partnership with Japan to make it more efficient and sustainable by fostering cooperation in education-training, culture, and national security and defence, he said, adding that both countries should promote exchange visits at all levels, especially for parliamentarians, in order to boost mutual understanding.

He asked the Diet of Japan to back ODA provision for Vietnam to help it upgrade infrastructure and deal with climate change, and support Japanese companies in doing business in Vietnam via the Public-Private Partnership model.

Mr Dung highly appreciated Japan’s initiative for promoting cooperation in the Greater Mekong Subregion and asked Japan to continue sponsoring research on effective management and use of natural resources in the Mekong River.

Mr Hatoyama thanked Vietnam for its assistance to Japan’s reconstruction.

He proposed that the Vietnamese Government create favourable conditions for Japanese businesses operating in the country, and said he is committed to nurturing the Japan-Vietnam comprehensive relationship.