Japanese firms keen to partner with HCM City to develop urban area The Japan Conference on Overseas Development of Eco-Cities (J-CODE) wants to cooperate with Vietnam’s southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City in urban development. President of J-CODE Keiji Kimura made the statement while meeting with Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong in HCM City on March 2. J-CODE has 57 members with plenty of experience in financial management, development planning and urban infrastructure building, he said. The association is willing to share experience with HCM City to address challenges including population pressure, traffic jams and environmental protection as well as provide the latest solutions and technologies to build the city into a modern and environmentally-friendly urban area with sustainable growth, he added. For his part, Chairman Phong hoped the cooperation programmes between HCM City and Japan in urban development will contribute to developing the two countries’ sound traditional relations. He expected the workshop on urban development co-organised by J-CODE and Ho Chi Minh City Real Estate Association on March 3 in the city will open up more cooperation opportunities for the two sides in the future.