HCM City aspires to promote external relations for socio-economic development

19/10/2021| 10:11

Ho Chi Minh City desperately needs external resources in terms of capital, knowledge and science and technology to carry out its targets for socio-economic development in the time ahead.

At the online meeting between 28 heads of Vietnamese diplomatic missions abroad for the 2021-2024 term and representatives of 19 localities in the key economic regions in the South and the Mekong Delta (Photo:VNA)

Vo Van Hoan, vice chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee made the affirmation at an online conference held on October 18 between 28 heads of Vietnamese diplomatic missions abroad for the 2021-2024 term and representatives of 19 localities in the key economic regions in the South and the Mekong Delta.

Vo Van Hoan suggested the new heads of diplomatic missions in countries whose localities are identified as key points in foreign relations, continue to help deal with issues of the city's concern

Specifically, the southern metropolis desires to step up cooperation with the US in the fields of smart cities, renewable energy, and innovation.

It also pays special attention to connecting with successful Vietnamese start-ups in the US, strengthening educational cooperation, and calling for the Vietnamese community in the US to continue their greater contributions to the national development.

This is addition to boosting cooperation activities between Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco, the locality has maintained friendly and cooperative relations with HCM City since 1995 in in terms of high technology and education.

Furthermore, HCM City hopes that diplomatic representative agencies in Germany will continue to help promote the relationship between the city and Frankfurt and Leipzig as well as other German localities in the implementation of memorandum of understanding (MOU) on cooperation in information technology, investment, trade, science, the environment, adaption to climate change, and tourism.

It also aspires to receive more support in calling partners to invest in the financial sector, building a financial, science and technology centre, the fields which are the strengths of Germany.

Municipal leaders proposed the diplomatic missions in Japan continue to support and create favorable conditions for the city to share experience and study Japan's smart urban development models, typically those within the framework of the Japan-ASEAN Smart Cities Network.

They also underlined the need to augment cooperation in supplying medical equipment, transferring vaccine production technology, connecting businesses in the field of the environment and climate change to continue realizing a low-carbon city development plan between the City and Osaka.

The city also wants Japanese localities to support its annual organization of cultural festivals  in Japan, while helping implement effectively agreements on tourism cooperation, attract more Japanese visitors to the city in the new normal, enhance cultural exchanges and Japanese teaching, and train municipal educational administrators and teachers.

As for Shanghai (China),  the southern city wishes to ramp up cooperation in the fields of construction, financial center development, policy formulation, reform, education management, youth exchanges, and cooperation in general and tertiary education, vocational training.

Besides, the city is keen to bolster cooperation with all countries and foreign localities in the successful implementation of municipal development projects, especially smart city projects, a financial center development project, a project on formation and development of an innovative, highly interactive city in the East of the city.

In his remarks, To Anh Dung, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, acknowledged municipal leaders' proposal on the need for international cooperation relations to well perform its role in connecting with foreign partners for socio-economic development activities in the city.

New Vietnamese Ambassadors and Consul Generals pledged greater efforts to well realise contents regarding foreign affairs as proposed by localities, to fulfill the role in connecting between localities in the southern key economic region, provinces in the Mekong Delta and foreign partners in the fields of economics, trade, investment, and science and technology.