HCM City promotes comprehensive cooperation with Singapore

Wednesday, 2019-08-28 21:43:13
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Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (L) and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan led a high-ranking delegation from the Vietnamese southern hub to visit Singapore from August 24-28, aiming to boost comprehensive cooperation with the host country’s partners.

Hosting a reception for Secretary Nhan on August 26, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said his country hopes to foster comprehensive cooperative relations with Ho Chi Minh City, a dynamic and innovative city with positive contributions to both Vietnam and the region.

Lee stressed Singapore always values the ties with Vietnam as well as the city, especially when both are members of the ASEAN Smart Cities Network, saying he supports bilateral collaboration in the fields of urban develoment and education and training, and asked Ho Chi Minh City and competent authorities of Singapore to work together so as to ink several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in the time ahead.

Secretary Nhan recommended Ho Chi Minh City and Singapore hold conferences on sustainable development of urban areas with focus on climate change issue, and share experience in startup and innovation on a rotary basis.

Lee spoke highly of the initiative and endorsed the organisation of such conferences and also suggested inviting many other cities in the region like Bangkok, Manila and Yangon to join the events.

The same day, Secretary Nhan had a working session with leaders of the Ministry of Education, the Centre for Strategic Futures (CSF), the Singaporean Land Transport Authority and the National University of Singapore (NUS).

On the occasion, the municipal People’s Committee also organised a round-table conference with the Singaporean businesses, which looked to introduce the city’s investment potential, and responding to Singaporean investors’ questions about local tax and land policies as well as investment climate.

During their stay in Singapore, Secretary Nhan and the delegation visited the Vietnamese Embassy in Singapore, paid floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his statue, and laid flower at the Asian Civilisations Museum. They also attended the ceremony to mark 74th anniversary of Vietnamese National Day held by the Vietnamese Embassy.