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Ho Chi Minh City, Rotterdam to cooperate in urban development, port, logistics

Ho Chi Minh City, Rotterdam to cooperate in urban development, port, logistics

Friday, July 29, 2022, 14:37 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City, Rotterdam to cooperate in urban development, port, logistics
Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Phan Van Mai (right) shakes hands with Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam and Rotterdam City of the Netherlands have agreed to boost cooperation in sustainable urban development, port development, and logistics.

The cooperative agreement was announced during a visit by Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb to Ho Chi Minh City from Tuesday to Thursday.

Within the framework of his visit, Mayor Aboutaleb held a meeting with Hoang Tung, chairman of the People’s Committee of Thu Duc City, a district-level unit under Ho Chi Minh City, on Wednesday to discuss plans for Thu Duc’s future development, particularly within the context of how both Rotterdam and Dutch companies can aid in that development.

Mayor Aboutaleb and Vo Van Hoan, vice-chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, alongside Dutch experts and businesses, also participated in a roundtable discussion on sustainable urban development which focused on urban flooding, climate change, and land subsidence response.

Participants discussed the current climate challenges facing Ho Chi Minh City, with Dutch experts highlighting Rotterdam’s sustainable urban development practices that have strengthened its resilience against climate change and how those lessons might benefit the Vietnamese city in the future.  

Mayor Aboutaleb also took time during his visit to sit down with Phan Van Mai, chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, on Tuesday to review past cooperation between the two cities and confer on future cooperation opportunities related to sustainable urban development, port development, and logistics.

Sharing his appreciation for Rotterdam’s management capacity, experience, and technology related to mitigating the effects of climate change, Mai suggested that the Dutch city provide support for Ho Chi Minh City’s socio-economic and general planning, including its water management planning, climate change adaptation, and sustainability initiatives.

Mai recommended that Thu Duc City implement specific cooperation projects between itself and Rotterdam in the fields of water resource management, flood control, and climate change adaptation.

Ho Chi Minh City is willing to create favorable conditions for Dutch enterprises to engage in long-term business and investment in the city, Mai added.

Aboutaleb noted the importance of water and land planning, particularly in the face of rapid development.

According to Aboutaleb, Rotterdam has extensive experience in nature-oriented urban planning and climate change impact reduction, and it is willing to share these experiences via specific cooperation projects with Ho Chi Minh City.

“Rotterdam and Ho Chi Minh City share similar DNA, each bustling with the energy of a business-driven shipping hub," said Mayor Aboutaleb.

"Both sit on river deltas and are increasingly challenged by their relationship with water.

“These two port cities are on the front lines of climate change.

"I am delighted to see how fast-growing Ho Chi Minh City has transformed since my last visit and also its incredible economic recovery after the pandemic.

“By [taking] this visit, I hope both cities can continue the friendship and partnership, especially in exploring innovative, smart solutions to urban challenges including climate change, water management, port development, and socio-economic issues, such as creating jobs and recovering from COVID-19.”

The relationship between Vietnam and the Netherlands has been thriving since the two countries established diplomatic ties in 1973.

Both sides have also established strategic partnerships in 'Water & Climate Change Adaptation' and 'Agriculture and Food Security.'

The Netherlands is the largest EU investor in Vietnam, according to the Dutch Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City.

At the same time, the Netherlands is also Vietnam's largest export market in the EU, and the sixth largest globally.

In 2021, bilateral trade reached U$8.3 billion, an increase of 9.4 percent compared to 2020.

Vietnam and the Netherlands will celebrate their 50th year of diplomatic relations in 2023.

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Hong Van / Tuoi Tre News

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