Vietnam, Tochigi Pref. to boost economic ties

Vietnamese Prime Minster Pham Minh Chinh and the governor of Japan's Tochigi Prefecture have agreed to deepen economic cooperation between the two sides.

Chinh visited the prefecture, located north of Tokyo, and met Governor Fukuda Tomikazu on Tuesday.

About 8,000 Vietnamese, including technical trainees, are living in Tochigi. Nineteen local companies are doing business in the Southeast Asian country.

Chinh and Fukuda said they would work to promote agricultural exports from Tochigi and to help train human resources in the digital field in Vietnam.

After a lunch featuring local specialties of wagyu beef and strawberries, the two leaders attended an economic forum.
Chinh said Vietnam is a developing country with various challenges, but his government will create an investor-friendly environment.

He expressed hope to boost mutually beneficial economic and trade relations.

Fukuda told reporters that the prefecture wants to do what it can to deepen ties with Vietnam while coordinating efforts with the Japanese government.

Officials say the prefecture and the northern Vietnamese province of Vinh Phuc signed a memorandum of understanding on economic exchanges.