|Singapore’s Senior Minister of State, Josephine Teo (left), talks with chairman of HCM City’s People’ Committee, Nguyễn Thành Phong, at the HCM City People’s Committee Hall on July 18. - VNS Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore|
HCM CITY — The chairman of HCM City People’s Committee has called on Singaporean businesses to pour more investment into the city’s transport, urban development and flood prevention projects.
Nguyễn Thành Phong spoke on Monday at a reception held in HCM City for Josephine Teo, the Singaporean Senior Minister of State who is in charge of the Prime Minister’s office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Transport.
Teo was on a working visit in Hà Nội and HCM City from July 17 to 20.
Singapore is HCM City’s largest foreign investor, with over 850 projects worth more than US$5 billion.
Phong said that HCM City and Singapore’s cooperation in recent years had flourished, with two-way trade reaching more than $3 billion last year.
Việt Nam and Singapore are members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the ASEAN Economic Community, both of which are expected to deepen trade ties among the region.
Teo said that Singapore hoped HCM City authorities would create more incentives for financial and banking investors, as large Singaporean banks want to set up branches in HCM City.
In Hà Nội, Teo discussed regional opportunities for expanding bilateral and regional cooperation with Deputy PM and Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Bình Minh.
Teo also met with the city’s Secretary of the Party Committee, Hoàng Trung Hải, and chairman of the People’s Committee, Nguyễn Đức Chung, to identify priority co-operation areas in urban development, landscaping and sustainable development for Hà Nội in the next five years.
Teo also met with Singapore business representatives based in Hà Nội and HCM City.
Her visit coincided with the Việt Nam – Singapore Business Forum held on Wednesday in HCM City, which attracted 200 business leaders, industry experts, policymakers and government officials.
The forum, organised by the Việt Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was held to enhance trade links and co-operation opportunities for Vietnamese and Singaporean businesses. — VNS