Can Tho to host 10th Vietnam-France decentralised cooperation meeting hinh anh 1The meeting between the French Ambassador and Can Tho officials on March 14 (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – The 10th cooperation conference between Vietnamese and French localities will be held in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho from September 14 to 16.

At a meeting with municipal officials on March 14, French Ambassador to Vietnam Jean-Noel Poirier said the conference will provide a platform for the two countries’ businesses to seek cooperation in four key areas: economics and tourism; education and health care; environment, climate change, agriculture and fisheries; and urban development.

Numerous activities will also take place on the sidelines of the event, including a Vietnam – France culture week from September 12 to 18, a Vietnam – France trade fair from September 15 to 17, and a discussion on investment and trade promotion on September 15.

The French side is expected to comprise 200 participants, including State officials and entrepreneurs. Meanwhile, about 300 representatives of Vietnamese ministries, sectors and companies will attend the conference.

Cooperation 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 in following years.-VNA