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Ho Chi Minh City eager to seek closer cooperation with French areas

Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 15:55 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City eager to seek closer cooperation with French areas
Tran Vinh Tuyen (fourth left), vice-chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, and French Consul General Vincent Floreani (fourth right) pose for a picture with singers at an event to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France, December 11, 2018. Photo: Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

Ho Chi Minh City would like to promote cooperation with French localities, especially in climate change response, education, and technology, when Vietnam and France celebrate 45 years of diplomatic ties, a vice-chairman of the city said on Tuesday.

The southern Vietnamese hub is seeking more collaboration with French regions on quality human resource development, cultural exchanges, science, urban lighting, particularly on climate change response, education, and technology, Tran Vinh Tuyen, deputy chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee announced at an event to mark the 45th  anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between Hanoi and Paris.

This is to help the city develop rapidly and sustainably, Tuyen added.

Ho Chi Minh City and France have implemented many projects over the past 20 years, such as the lighting of the City Hall, the Municipal Theater, and the Fine Arts Museum, he said.

Vietnam and France established formal relations on April 12, 1973.

A musical performance at at an event to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France In Ho Chi Minh City, December 11, 2018. Photo: Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News
A musical performance at at an event to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France In Ho Chi Minh City, December 11, 2018. Photo: Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

The two countries elevated their ties to a strategic partnership in 2013, indicating an upgrade in their political trust and marking a milestone in their relations, the official said.

He recalled General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to France in March this year and Prime Minister Édouard Philippe’s arrival in Vietnam in November as evidence of the close relationship between the two nations.

Hanoi and Paris share common viewpoints and interests in international arenas, Tuyen said, citing PM Philippe’s speech in Ho Chi Minh City on November 4.

Vietnam and France expect a new world order where multilateralization, trade liberalization, and international law are respected.     

French Consul General Vincent Floreani said at the event organized by the People’s Committee that “this year is important for the Franco-Vietnamese relationship,” as the two countries celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations and five years of strategic partnership.

“Since my arrival [in 2017], I have noted that the atmosphere of cooperation is very good between France and this part of Vietnam,” Consul General Floreani said.

“We have already made progress in a number of areas,” he added, citing work across culture, economy, education-training, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, food, infrastructure and technology. 

A musical performance at at an event to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France In Ho Chi Minh City, December 11, 2018. Photo: Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News
A musical performance at at an event to celebrate 45 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France In Ho Chi Minh City, December 11, 2018. Photo: Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

He said French business delegations frequently come to Ho Chi Minh City to look for possible investments and partnerships.

“Nearly 300 French companies are present in the economic capital of Vietnam, some since the early 1990s, and are developing rapidly,” the diplomat elaborated.

“A few weeks ago, we also had the pleasure of witnessing the signing of a new partnership between the city of Lyon and Ho Chi Minh City.”

Consul General Floreani added that more cooperative projects will be carried out in Ho Chi Minh City in 2019.

France ranks 16th among 100 countries and territories investing in Ho Chi Minh City.

Trade between the Vietnamese city and the European country amounted to US$867 million in 2017.

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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