Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong and Austrian Ambassador to Vietnam Thomas Loidl have highlighted the development of bilateral cooperation.

They met in the southern city of Vietnam on January 16, noting stable economic ties between HCM City and Austria with trade reaching 149.1 million USD in 2016.

That included 29.3 million USD worth of goods HCM City imported from the European nation such as pharmaceutical products, electronic components and machinery. Meanwhile, the city earned 119.8 million USD in shipments with textile-garment, footwear and wood products among key exports.

Austria has 11 investment projects with total capital of 34.59 million USD in HCM City at present, they said.

At the meeting, a representative of Frequentis, an Austrian public safety solutions company, presented a solution that merges different phone numbers in the city’s emergency response centre. Phong welcomed this idea.

HCM City currently uses three separate phone numbers for emergencies (113, 114 and 115).-VNA