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Vietnam proactive in multilateral mechanisms

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s attendance at the 14th G20 Summit in Japan and his visit to the country have shown Vietnam’s determination to boost its relations with Japan and proactively participate in multilateral mechanisms to promote the country as a reliable and responsible partner in the international community.
Vietnam-Japan relations thriving

In recent years, relations between Vietnam and Japan have grown rapidly. Japan was the first G7 country to establish a strategic partnership with Vietnam in 2009 and recognize Vietnam’s market economy in 2011. In May 2016, Japan was also the first G7 country to invite Vietnam to attend the expanded G7 Summit.

The two countries gave each other the Most Favored Nation status in 1999. Two-way trade in the first five months of 2019 reached 15.28 billion US dollars, a year-on-year rise of 3.2 percent.

As of May 2019, Japan had 4,149 valid projects in Vietnam with total registered capital of more than 57.4 billion US dollars, ranking second among 116 countries and territories investing in Vietnam.



PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc presents PM Shinzo Abe a photo of the two premiers
during their attendance at the APEC 2017 in Hoi An, Quang Nam. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



Relations between Vietnam and Japan have grown rapidly in recent years . Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


The two leaders witness the signing of a Memorandum of Cooperation on the “specific skilled workers” program
between Vietnam’s Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare,
and National Police Agency of Japan. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



They also witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
to continue with cooperation activities to implement the KOSEN training models in Vietnam. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



Exchange of a Memorandum of Cooperation between Vietnam’s Ministry of Health and J
apan’s Office of Healthcare Policy under the Cabinet Secretariat, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare,
and Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



Exchange of the diplomatic note between the two governments on providing non-refundable aid packages
for the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship (JDS). Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



Exchange of a contract for renewable energy projects between Vietcombank and JBIC. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc attends the Vietnam-Japan investment promotion conference
and witness the signing of cooperation documents between businesses of the two countries, and the grant of investment certificates.
Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



The Vietnamese PM attends a roundtable meeting with Japanese enterprises. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


He receives Masayuki Hyodo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sumitomo Corporation. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


He also receives Wantanabe Michitaro, Mayor of Nasushiobara city of Tochigi prefecture. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


PM Phuc attends Vietjet Air’s launching ceremony of two new Vietnam-Japan routes, Ho Chi Minh City-Tokyo and Da Nang-Tokyo. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

PM Phuc and his wife at the Japan-Vietnam lotus festival. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

In September 2015, the two sides signed a medium-to long-term vision for agricultural cooperation, and renewed it in May 2018.  Cooperation in climate change adaptation has developed strongly with the provision of official development assistance (ODA) from Japan in recent years for Vietnam.  

Active in multilateral mechanisms

Vietnam was invited to attend the G20 Summit for the first time in 2010 as Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). As host of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum 2017, Vietnam was invited to attend the G20 Summit and related activities in Germany. 



Japanese PM Shinzo Abe poses with heads of delegations attending the G20 summit. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


 The first session on global economy, trade and investment. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


PM Phuc at the third session on sustainable development. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA 


PM Phuc attends the first session on global economy, trade and investment. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


On the sidelines of the summit, PM Phuc attends an event to strengthen the role of women. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Chinese Party Chief and President Xi Jinping. Photo: VNA


Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and US President Donald Trump. Photo: VNA



The Vietnamese leader has a meeting with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

He meets President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker. Photo: VNA


He also has a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


The Vietnamese PM meets Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: VNA 


He also meets Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


He receives President of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) Takehiko Nakao. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA


Heads of delegations and their wives at a banquet hosted by PM Shinzo Abe and his wife. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

This year’s G20 Summit took place in Osaka from June 28-29, which had four sessions featuring various themes, including global economy, trade and investment; innovation and digital economy; environment, energy and climate change; and sustainable development, employment, women’s empowerment and health.
Story: VNP - Photos: VNA
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