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HCM City hopes for further ties with France

Update: April, 13/2013 - 09:32

HCM CITY (VNS)— HCM City are aiming to strengthen multi-faceted cooperation with France, especially in the sectors of trade, investment, climate change adaptation and urban planning and lighting. Other sectors the city will look to cooperate with France are in education training and human resources development.

Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam, Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee and Chairwoman of the municipal People's Council called for stronger ties at a ceremony held in the city yesterday to mark the 40th anniversary of Viet Nam-France diplomatic ties (April 12, 1973-2013).

HCM City has already fostered multi-faceted cooperation with France, especially in culture, education and training, health, and science-technology, she said.

Fabrice Mauries, French Consul General in HCM City, said France is now one of the leading donors of official development assistance (ODA) for Viet Nam, adding that more than 300 French businesses are operating in Viet Nam, generating nearly 30,000 jobs for local people, he added.

He highlighted science, education, research, culture and defence as priorities in the two countries' cooperation that need to be stepped up in the future.-VNS


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