A Hanoi official has expressed his hope that his city and the German capital city Berlin will reach agreements in economic cooperation in the coming time.

Meeting with visiting Mayor of Berlin Klaus Wowereit in Hanoi on October 28, Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen The Thao called on the two sides to join hands in handling traffic-related issues and cooperate with each other in human resources development, administrative reform and public education.

Hanoi will dispatch experts to Berlin to learn from the city’s experience in hydrology in order to revive the polluted To Lich River, he said.

The official voiced his hope that Klaus Wowereit’s visit will help further the cooperative relationship between Vietnam and Germany as well as between the two capital cities in particular.

As the country’s centre of politics, economics, culture, education and training, Hanoi has recorded changes across all areas over the past years, especially in the field of economics, he said.

However, the city has met a range of difficulties in investment and infrastructure development due to a large number of immigrants from other provinces, he added.

As a result, traffic jams, environmental pollution, overcrowded schools and hospitals, plus issues regarding social security and order have made the city headachy.

For his part, Klaus Wowereit said his first-ever visit to Vietnam aims to discuss ways for bilateral cooperation and traditional ties between the two countries.

He described cultural and economic fields as central realms that contribute to boosting bilateral ties.

The Mayor pledged that Berlin will send its experts to Hanoi to help the city with solid waste treatment and traffic and urban planning issues, and stands ready to sign cooperative agreements with the city in these fields.-VNA