A corner of Bern (Source: timeout.com)

Geneva (VNA) – Vice Secretary of the Hanoi Party’s Committee Ngo Thi Thanh Hang led a delegation to Switzerland to strengthen ties with Swiss localities.

During the visit from July 25-27, the delegation had a working session with Luc Barthassat, Minister of Transport, Environment and Agriculture and Mauro Poggia, Minister of Social Affairs, Employment and Health, of Geneva State, on July 27.

Minister Barthassat shared with the guests local projects on urban waste treatment and public transport, including the Trolleybus Optimisation Systeme Alimentation (TOSA) project.

The TOSA project aims to launch a chargeable battery-run bus system in 2018 in Geneva, which can carry some 120 passengers each with less pollution and noise than normal buses, according to the minister.

Minster Poggia highlighted the measures the locality has taken to address unemployement and health care for the elderly and dependent people.

Previously on July 26, in the capital city of Bern, the Hanoi delegation met with Christoph Miesch, General Secretary of the municipal Agency for Judiciary, Local Affairs and Religion.

The host shared experience in preserving cultural and religious heritage with the guests.

Hang expressed her hope for Hanoi to team up with Bern in the conservation of cultural heritage.

The delegation is scheduled to visit Spain and Italy during the tour.-VNA