Representatives of Vung Tau city and Padang city sign a Memorandum of Understanding to become twin cities. (Source: minangkabaunews.com)

Jakarta (VNA) – Vung Tau city in the southern province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Padang city of West Sumatra province, Indonesia became twin cities on May 31 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding officially establishing the relationship.

Under the MoU signed by Le Tuan Quoc, Vice Chairman of the Ba Ria Vung Tau People’s Committee who is heading the delegation visiting Padang, and Mahyeldi Ansharullah, Mayor of Padang, the two provinces will promote cooperation in trade, fishing and processing, tourism and language exchanges.

The two sides also agreed to continue exchanging delegations to boost understanding and help businesses seek cooperation and investment opportunities.

They also discussed future cooperation opportunities for the development of both Vung Tau and Padang.

Ba Ria Vung Tau province and Padang city established a relationship in 2012 and have similarities in culture and potential for cooperation in such fields as the fishing, agriculture and tourism trades.

Ba Ria Vung Tau is situated in Vietnam’s southern key economic zone and is a gateway to the East Sea for provinces in Vietnam’s southeast region. The province is linked to HCM City and neighbouring provinces via roads, air routes, railways and waterways. Vung Tau city is the centre of the oil exploitation industry in southern Vietnam.

Padang is West Sumatra province’s capital and the largest city on the western coast of Sumatra and the fifth largest city in Indonesia with a population of more than one million. Besides fishing, Padang is known for gold, coffee, salt and garment.-VNA