February 17, 2017 01:00 By VIET NAM NEWS ASIA NEWS NETWORK HA NOI
MORE and more Japanese companies are eagerly seeking cooperation opportunities in Vietnam’s agriculture sector and shifting their investments to the country, said a Japanese official.
Hiroshi Chishima, deputy chief representative of the Japan External Trade Organisation in Hanoi, made the statement during a workshop on opportunities in agriculture and investment cooperation between Vietnam and Japan, held on Wednesday by Jetro and the International Cooperation Department under the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).
Attending the event were representatives from more than 100 Vietnamese enterprises and nearly 20 Japanese firms operating in the areas of agriculture and produce processing, as well as agricultural-machinery manufacturers keen on learning about investment opportunities between the two countries.
Before attending the workshop, Chishima said, the Japanese business delegation went on some field trips to Vietnam’s northern provinces, including a visit to the high-tech agricultural zone in Vinh Phuc province.
“During their trips, the firms conducted field work at the sites, carried out surveys and collected information to further study Vietnam’s current agricultural situation,” Chishima said.
He added that after the trips, Japanese firms could now carry out a comprehensive assessment of Vietnamese agricultural development.
Most of the enterprises said Vietnamese farming businesses were showing eagerness to develop and cooperate with the Japanese partners, which was a good sign for both sides.
However, most local firms are operating on a small scale and under the form of individual farming households.
Chishima said the Japanese business delegation was to continue its field trips at some farming areas in the Central Highland Lam Dong province’s Da Lat city yesterday and today to learn about the situation in the Central Highland and Southern regions.
Speaking at the event, Nguyen |Anh Minh, deputy director of|MARD’s International Cooperation Department, said the workshop was a platform for cooperation and exchange between Vietnamese and Japanese firms.
He said the number of Vietnamese companies attending the workshop this year had increased five-fold compared with last year, which proved that local businesses were really interested in seeking cooperation opportunities with their foreign partners.
“In recent years, the Vietnamese government has focused on the development of infrastructure, technology and human resources to promote productivity growth and improve the efficiency of the agricultural sector.”