HCM CITY (VNS)— Viet Nam hopes Australian House of Representatives Speaker Anna Burke's ongoing visit will pave the way for Australian businesses to pour investment into the country.
Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Le Thanh Hai made the suggestion while receiving Burke in the southern economic hub yesterday.
Expressing delight at the visit, which comes as the two countries celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties, Hai said it was an important milestone, helping to raise bilateral relations to new heights.
Briefing his guest on the city's socio-economic situation and recent foreign direct investment, he revealed the city was running 111 projects with more than US$200 million of funding from Australian companies and investors.
Specifically, the RMIT University project was seen as a highly successful model in the city, he added.
Highly valuing the city's role in Viet Nam's socio-economic development, Speaker Anna Burke said her country was keen to bolster ties with Viet Nam and particularly Ho Chi Minh City.
As the year 2013 marked the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties, this was an opportunity for the two nations to further consolidate their fine relations, she added.
Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Le Thanh Hai yesterday also received a high-ranking delegation from the Indian Communist Party, led by its General Secretary Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy.
Hai said Reddy's visit was the manifestation of a long-standing sound relationship between the parties of two countries which continued to thrive.
He said his city always expanded co-operation opportunities with foreign partners, including Indian nationals.
Reddy expressed his delight at the development of bilateral ties and said the two sides should boost co-operation in a number of fields, particularly tourism. — VNS