The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho wants to promote cooperation with France in the fields of hi-tech agriculture. (Photo: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho wants to promote cooperation with France in the fields of hi-tech agriculture, infrastructure, medical equipment and education.

At a working session with French Consul General to HCM City Vincent Floreani on April 16, Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Tran Quoc Trung highlighted a French-funded project to equip medical equipment for the city’s General Hospital with a total investment of over 22 million EUR, 19.5 million EUR of which comes from the French Government’s loans.

Another project to build Can Tho river embankments in response to climate change, with over 19.5 million EUR in loans from the French Government, has helped the locality deal with river bank erosion and flooding, beautify its urban landscape and promote tourism development.

The city leader wished that the French Consul General will act as a bridge to bring French investors, art troupes and tourists to Can Tho, he said, adding that the city is calling for investment in such areas as infrastructure, transport, health, education and tourism.

The guest was urged to support Can Tho in accessing official development assistance (ODA) sources from the French Government so that the city can build more embankments and bridges, upgrade and buy modern equipment for hospitals and train more health workers.

For his part, Vincent Floreani spoke highly of the recent gigantic development of Can Tho in various fields. On the basis of the fine diplomatic ties between the two nations over the past 45 years, France will encourage its businesses to land investments in Can Tho and its localities to set up twin relations with the city.

The same day, the French delegation had a working session with the University of Can Tho and the municipal Department of Education and Training on cooperation programmes in the field, including French language training in Can Tho, exchange of lecturers and postgraduates, and scholarship granting.-VNA