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The Sixth Japan-Viet Nam Policy Dialogue on Distribution and Logistics Held

On May 8 (Mon.), 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), jointly with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, held the sixth Japan-Viet Nam Policy Dialogue on Distribution and Logistics at METI in Tokyo.

1. Outline of the dialogue

Date:
May 8 (Mon.), 2017; from 14:00 to 17:00
Venue:
METI
Participants:
Mr. Takayuki Sumita, Director-General for Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy, METI, and others
Dr. Vo Van Quyen, Director-General of Domestic Market Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade of Viet Nam, and others

2. Summary of the outcomes

On May 8 (Mon.), 2017, METI, jointly with the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, held the sixth Japan-Viet Nam Policy Dialogue on Distribution and Logistics at METI in Tokyo.

METI explained examples of Japan’s latest efforts involving  distribution policy, such as radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, demand forecast technique, and the Premium Friday campaign. In addition, regarding future challenges to be overcome for the further development of and enhanced cooperative relationship between Japan and Viet Nam in the distribution field, METI cited the promotion of exporting agricultural products and other goods, efforts for human resource development, and measures for supporting Japanese companies in the distribution field in developing businesses in Viet Nam. It also proposed to Viet Nam that both countries continue to cooperate in tackling these challenges.

In response, Viet Nam expressed its agreement on Japan’s proposal, and then requested that Japan support Vietnamese businesses entering the Japanese retail markets and showcase a variety of Vietnamese agricultural products, such as mangoes, at retail stores throughout Japan. In addition, Viet Nam expressed its gratitude for Japan’s efforts in human resource development in the distribution field of Viet Nam* and also requested that Japan  continue to cooperate in such human resource development in the distribution field of Viet Nam. Furthermore, Viet Nam stated that the franchise system will continue to be necessary for Vietnamese companies, and showed its recognition that Japanese companies’ business development in Vietnam can contribute to the development of the retail industry of Viet Nam.

Both ministries agreed to hold the seventh dialogue in Hanoi, Viet Nam, around FY2018, aiming at continuing to further develop the distribution field and enhance the cooperative relationship  between Japan and Viet Nam.

*Note: Since 2011, Japan has been providing an annual training course concerning distribution and other areas targeting  Vietnamese government officials as well as staff in private industries, aiming to modernize the distribution industry in .

Release date

May 15, 2017

Division in Charge

Distribution and Logistics Policy Division, Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group

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