Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima met with Ho Chi Minh City’s authorities on March 30 during their five-day official visit to Vietnam.

Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan thanked the Netherlands for its assistance and support to Vietnam and HCM City, particularly in water resources management and coping with climate change and sea level rise.

The cooperation fields are practical issues for Vietnam and HCM City, affirmed Quan.

Prince Willem-Alexander said almost 100 Dutch business people who are accompanying the delegation want to seek investment opportunities in Vietnam, particularly in HCM City.

He said he hoped the city would facilitate Dutch business investment and cooperation, especially in water, agriculture, transport, logistics, maritime and oil and gas.

The Netherlands is willing to cooperate with Vietnamese partners through governmental, business and private-public channels, he said.

The Prince affirmed the Netherlands boasts time-honoured experience in water management which will be a key field where the Netherlands will boost cooperation and assist Vietnam, including HCM City.

Prince Willem-Alexander, Princess Maxima and Chairman Quan witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in adaptation to climate change between HCM City and Rotterdam and a MoU between the Vietnamese Exporters Association (VEXA) and the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI) to assist HCM City businesses in exports to Europe.

On the same day, Prince Willem-Alexander and his Dutch economic mission explored the city’s investment environment and the connectivity between the Dutch businesses and Vietnamese partners.

Princess Maxima and Minister of Agriculture and Foreign Trade Henk Bleker visited FrieslandCampina Vietnam training centre in the southern province of Binh Duong where thousands of Vietnamese farmers have been trained in cow raising techniques and also met children at Vo Thi Sau primary school which was built in southern Binh Phuoc province under Friesland’s educational promotion programme./.