NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) and Mayor of Stockholm Eva Louis Erlandsson  (Photo: VNA)
Stockholm (VNA) –Vietnam commits to creating a favourable legal environment for Swedish investors, including those from Stockholm, said National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan during a meeting with Mayor of Stockholm city Eva Louis Erlandsson on April 7 as part of her visit to Sweden.

Highlighting that Stockholm is an economic centre of Sweden and the Scandinavian peninsula, the top legislator of Vietnam proposed that in the coming time, Mayor Erlandsson will encourage local firms to strengthen partnerships with Vietnamese localities in economy, trade, investment, culture and tourism.

She held that the economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries should be further promoted to match the potential and aspiration of both sides.

She stated that her visit aims to foster the Vietnam-Sweden relations as well as the partnership between the two parliaments in particular.

Vietnam is interested in learning Sweden’s development experience, including socio-economic matters and issues related to environmental protection and sustainable growth, she said.

She also expressed hope that Mayor Erlandsson and other leaders of Stockholm continue supporting the Vietnamese community in the city to promote their role as a bridge for the friendship between Stockholm and Vietnamese localities as well as between the two countries.

Chairwoman Ngan suggested that Stockholm build twin relations with Vietnam’s economic and tourism hubs such as Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

For her part, Mayor Erlandsson said that along with achievements, Stockholm, a small city with a population of about 1 million people, is facing challenges relating to immigrant workers and housing.

From one of the dirtiest cities in Europe 40 years ago, the city was recognised as the first green city of Europe in 2010 with clean water and fresh air, she said, attributing the success to the effective operation and management of water treatment companies.

On the occasion, the Stockholm leaders also shared their experience in restoration and maintenance of architectural works as well as the e-government application.

Mayor Erlandsson said that thanks to awareness raising campaigns, Swedish people are now highly responsible for protecting the environment.-VNA