India and the Mekong Delta City of Can Tho look to expand their collaboration in garment and textiles, tourism, pharmaceuticals and high-tech agriculture.

The four focus sectors were determined during a working session between Chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Le Hung Dung and Indian Ambassador in Vietnam Shrimati Preeti Saran on March 2.

The Ambassador said India has praised the high potential for the development of the region’s tourism and high-tech agriculture, especially the Meeting, Incentive, Convention, and Exhibition (MICE) model.

She pledged to act as a bridge, introducing India’s scientific achievements in agriculture and businesses to the delta.

In return, the chairman said the city considers India a strategic partner and potential market.

Besides the four key collaborative areas, Can Tho intends to learn from India’s experience in maintaining its traditional culture and its proposal to build 100 smart-cities.

The chairman expressed his hope that India will attach special importance to developing a scholarship fund and helping train Can Tho and the Mekong Delta’s human resources, as well as to introducing Indian investors to the city.

According to Can Tho’s Investment-Trade-Tourism Promoting Centre, export revenue to India reached nearly 370,000 USD in 2014. The city imported over 11.5 million USD worth of material products such as pharmaceuticals, fabrics, and chemicals.-VNA