EU, HCM City eye enhanced cooperation
12:08 | 12/01/2018

VGP - Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan in Ho Chi Minh City on January 11 received a delegation of ambassadors and representatives from the EU member nations.

At the reception, Ambassador Bruno Angelet, Head of the EU Delegation to Viet Nam, praised Viet Nam’s success in hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Year 2017, and spotlighted the trading ties between Viet Nam and the EU in the year. 

He also pointed out common targets of Viet Nam and the EU in international integration; energy self-control; security-defence and diplomacy, affirming that the EU always supports Viet Nam to reach the country’s objectives. 

The two sides should outline cooperation plan to implement the EU-Viet Nam Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation (PCA), and look towards the official signing of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement, he said. 

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the German Reconstruction Bank are financing a number of metro projects in HCM City, he said, pledging that the EU will work with the EIB to support the city in the projects. 

In turn, Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan has asked the European Union (EU) to support the city in applying the 4th Industrial Revolution’s achievements in its economic development.

Mr. Nhan highlighted the Viet Nam-EU relations, and the importance of the Union in general and each its member in particular for Viet Nam. 

Briefing the guests on the city’s socio-economic development, he called on the EU member nations to invest in infrastructure development in the locality, especially in construction of urban railways and metro lines.

The city has planned to develop six metro lines, which will need financial assistance and cooperation from the EU member states, he said, adding that the municipal authority also wants to cooperate with the EU in climate change adaptation, flooding, education-training.

Mr. Nhan said, the municipal authority has outlined a project to build high-tech centres in District 9 and District 2, which will be a foundation for the city to join the realisation of the 4th Industrial Revolution.

                                                                                                                                            By Vien Nhu

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