Can Tho prepares for Vietnam-France cooperation conference hinh anh 1Cai Rang floating market, Can Tho city (Source :VNA)
Can Tho (VNA) – The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho will spare no effort to prepare for the 10 th cooperation conference between Vietnamese and French localities, which is going to take place in the city from September 12-18.

Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam made the remark at a working session with the conference’s organising board on March 29.

Can Tho is honoured to host the event, he said, adding that the city will do its best to ensure the conference is a success.

He noted that the conference creates a good chance for Vietnamese localities, including Can Tho, to promote their images, potential, advantages and tourism to boost socio-economic and cultural development.

It also means to improve the efficiency of cooperation between Vietnamese and French localities for sustainable development, thus driving the two countries’ strategic partnership forward, he said.

Participants will discuss a number of topics such as promoting bilateral trade and supporting local authorities in regional and international integration, improving waste water treatment and encouraging the application of UN sustainable development goals on sustainable urban planning and development.

On the sidelines of the event are various activities such as the Vietnam – France cultural week, international trade fair and a trade-investment promotion seminar.

The conference between Vietnamese and French localities dates back to 1989, when Hanoi and the region of Ile-de-France set up a partnership. This form of cooperation has developed and contributed to the friendship and multifaceted cooperation between the two sides.

The conference, also known as the Vietnam – France decentralised cooperation conference, is held biennially or triennially on a rotational basis to review the cooperation effectiveness and set up collaboration directions for following years.

Vietnam ’s central city of Hue and northern port city of Hai Phong hosted the conference in 2005 and 2010, respectively.

The 9 th conference was held in the city of Brest in France in June 2013, with the participation of 16 Vietnamese cities and provinces.-VNA