Duc affirmed that the organisation of the online meeting demonstrates determination and hope to maintain friendship and cooperation of the two cities, especially during pandemic period.
He added that Ho Chi Minh City hopes the two sides will increase the exchanges of delegations once COVID-19 is brought under control so as to foster solidarity and mutual understanding, thereby deepening their friendship.
Informing the Chinese official of Ho Chi Minh City's orientation to build a financial hub in Thu Duc city, Duc voiced a hope to learn from the experience of successful models across the world, including the one in Shanghai’s Pudong district.
He asked Shanghai to introduce experts in the field so that Ho Chi Minh City can study the global financial centre model in the Chinese city in the coming time.
For her part, Zong Ming said since the two cities set up partnership, they have rolled out numerous economic and cultural exchanges, adding that Shanghai always hopes to strengthen cooperation with Ho Chi Minh City.
The Chinese city is willing to share experience in COVID-19 prevention and control and further collaborate with Ho Chi Minh City in fields of common interest, especially in digital transformation and cooperation in trade, economy and finance.
She confirmed that Shanghai stands ready to send experts to help the two sides work together in the time to come, thus strengthening the Shanghai-Ho Chi Minh City cooperation and contributing to the development of each city.