A view of HCM City (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA)
– Ho Chi Minh City and the Canadian city of Toronto will intensify their cooperation in economics, culture, environment, smart cities and start-up.

Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong informed the plan to Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion at a reception for the guest on September 7.

The two sides expressed their delights at the thriving and practical cooperation between Vietnam and Canada.

They shared the view that the cooperation between the two nations and their localities has not yet met their potential.

Vietnam in general and Ho Chi Minh City in particular, and Canada need to identify key sectors for cooperation, thus contributing to the win-win relations.

Phong expressed his hope that the Canadian Government will build on the positive momentum of the fruitful relationship between the two nations, facilitate the cooperation between Canadian localities with the city in infrastructure facilities, tertiary education, and green technology.

For his part, the Canadian Minister spoke highly of the role of Ho Chi Minh City in the socio-economic development of Vietnam, reiterating that his country is willing to work with Ho Chi Minh City and considers the city the key part when building cooperation programmes between the two nations in the future.

The same day, the guest visited several local enterprises and attended the ceremony to inaugurate the Visa Centre under the General Consulate of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City.-VNA