Binh Duong (VNA) – Leaders of the southern province of Binh Duong on March 20 had a meeting with a delegation from the UNESCO-WTA Technopolis Development Centre to discuss preparations for the World Technopolis Association (WTA) in the locality.

Binh Duong will host the 11th meeting of the WTA General Assembly, the High Technology Fair, and the 2018 Global Innovation Forum in this October.

At the meeting, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Mai Hung Dung proposed that the two sides work on a detail plans and choose the theme for each event, along with communications contents and the plan for construction of venue for the High Technology Fair.

Yoslan Nur, a UNESCO expert who led the delegation, said that the UNESCO and the WTA have cooperated from 2005 in all fields, including supporting countries in organising training courses for officials and providing technology in building high technology parks. From 2014, the Global Innovation Forum was launched, he added.

Yoslan Nur showed his delight at the development of Binh Duong, expressing his belief that the province will successfully host the events, opening more opportunities for bilateral affiliation in the future.

Earlier, Binh Duong and the WTA signed a memorandum of understanding for hosting WTA events.

Binh Duong is an industrial hub of the southern region and the country as a whole. Last year the province grew at 9.15 percent, its highest ever rate. Exports grew by 17.6 percent to 28.5 billion USD.

In the first two months of this year, domestic and foreign investments have been worth 10.3 trillion VND (450 million USD) and 435 million USD, respectively.

The province now has 31,548 domestic enterprises with registered capital of 247.5 trillion VND (11 billion USD) and 3,075 foreign projects worth 29 billion USD.

It is ranked second in terms of FDI attraction behind only HCM City.-VNA