Cai Rang Floating Market in Can Tho city (Source: VNA)
Can Tho (VNA) – The 10th conference discussing cooperation between Vietnamese and French localities will take place in the southern city of Can Tho from September 14-16.

During a working session on preparations for the conference on August 5, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam said following a meeting in Paris on July 4, both sides decided to choose the theme: “Towards effective and sustainable economic partnership” for the conference.

As of August 2016, France has invested 1.9 billion USD in Can Tho in the fields of pharmaceuticals, health care and agriculture. The city’s general hospital and the Can Tho river embankment were among the key projects funded by France, receiving 55.8 million EUR in investment.

The conference is expected to open up economic cooperation opportunities and raise understanding between the two countries, as well as between their cities and provinces; during which five thematic discussions covering ecotourism cooperation, education and health care, the environment, climate change, agro-fisheries, urban development, and culture and heritage will be held.

Other events such as the Vietnam-France international conference, Vietnam-France cultural days, and eco-tours of Can Tho are also planned.

As of August 3, 397 representatives from 35 Vietnamese localities, and 132 delegates from 11 French localities and 26 French organisations have registered for the conference.-VNA