Chairman of the HCM City People's Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong (R) and his guest (Photo:congan.com.vn)

HCM City (VNA) – Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong asked for South Australia’s support in education and agriculture, especially high-tech agriculture and bio-tech centre development.

He made the call during a reception for a delegation from South Australia led by Governor Hieu Van Le (in Vietnamese Le Van Hieu) on June 2.

According to Phong, Ho Chi Minh City and Australian localities like Queensland and North Australia have enjoyed sound relations in past years. He said that two-way trade in 2015 reached nearly 600 million USD and Australia is currently 18th largest investor in the city with 150 projects valued at over 187 million USD.

He expressed his hope that as the first Vietnamese to become a Governor in Australia, Le will do his utmost to elevate relations between South Australia and Ho Chi Minh.

The South Australia Governor said that the delegation’s visit aims to promote cooperation between two sides.

Enterprises from the Australian state want investment and cooperation opportunities in education, medical and healthcare skill training, he noted, adding that collaboration would be significant to enhancing relations between two countries.-VNA