The Ho Chi Minh City delegation at the event (Photo: VNA)

Tokyo (VNA)
– The Ho Chi Minh City Days in Osaka 2017 began in the Japanese port city on April 13, with the attendance of a delegation from HCM City led by Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Dinh La Thang.   

The two-day programme features a musical concert, a fashion show, an exhibition on Ho Chi Minh City’s socio-economic achievements and the Vietnam-Japan friendship; and an installation display of rice/gem paintings and fruit carving by Vietnamese artists. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem said the event aims to celebrate the 10th and 20th founding anniversaries of HCM City’s friendly and cooperative relations with Osaka prefecture and Osaka city.

He said the all-round partnerships have produced effective outcomes, particularly in cultural exchanges.

The same day, Secretary of the HCM City Party Committee Dinh La Thang met with Osaka Prefecture’s Governor Ichiro Matsui and Osaka City’s Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura.

Thang acknowledged Osaka as a key adviser for his city on environmental solutions for water management, solid waste classification and climate change adaptation.

Regarding a letter he received from Matsui on sending a group of local students for an exchange in the city, the official said HCM City welcomes and is willing to facilitate their activities.

He also took the occasion to thank Osaka leaders for favorable assistance toward Vietnamese expatriates who are living, working and studying here.    

Matsui lauded the rich programme of the Ho Chi Minh Days in Osaka 2017, saying he believes they will foster the close friendship between the localities.

He informed his guest on the World Expo 2025 hosted by Osaka, expecting that HCM City would participate and make contributions to the event.-VNA