|Singapore's former prime minister and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong meets with Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Le Thanh Hai (L) in Ho Chi Minh City. — VNA/VNS Photo
HCM CITY (VNS) — Singapore's former prime minister and Emeritus Senior Minister Goh Chok Tong was in HCM City yesterday on a trip that Le Thanh Hai, secretary of the city Party Committee, said would help strengthen ties between the city and Singapore in several areas including economics, trade, investment, education, and culture.
Goh said that the relationship between Viet Nam and Singapore was entering a new phase and the two countries were set to focus on co-operation in finance and aviation.
With regard to HCM City, he said the focus for co-operation would be high technology and suggested that the city administration should invest more in training young people.
Earlier the visiting leader had met with Le Hoang Quan, chairman of the city People's Committee.
Trade between the city and Singapore in the first eight months of this year has been worth US$3 billion.
On the occasion of Goh's visit, the city government awarded an investment licence to Ascendas Sai Gon Bund Limited Company, a joint-venture between Singapore's Ascendas Land Viet Nam and Onehub Sai Gon, for the $130 million Onehub Sai Gon Complex at the Sai Gon Hi-tech Park.
The 11.9ha OneHub will be developed as a small urban area with working and living facilities for highly skilled human resources. — VNS