Hanoi and Toulouse city of France will enhance cooperation in a wide range of areas from cultural exchange to conservation of old quarter heritages, sustainable urban development, training and economics.

An agreement to this effect was recently signed between Vice Chairwoman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc and Toulouse Mayor Jean-Luc Moudenc.

Under the agreement, in the 2014-2020 period, the two sides will expand cooperation to other fields, including arts, culture and archaeology.

In the economic field, the two cities will create favourable conditions for their businesses to promote investment activities in aviation, digital technology, transport, agriculture, food and health.

Toulouse will be responsible for studying a possibility of developing ties between Vietnamese and French cities in the fields of economics, technology and socio-culture. Meanwhile, Hanoi will bridge relations between Toulouse and other cities in Asia .

The two cities will study a possibility of joining events in their networks, Europe’s cooperation programmes or decentralised cooperation projects in the above-mentioned period.

Hanoi and Toulouse have so far cooperated in implementing a number of projects, bringing great benefits to the community. Among those is an urban axis linking Ton Duc Thang and Nguyen Trai streets designed by Toulouse ’s urban planning agency.

Over the past 18 years, the two cities have effectively coordinated in preserving and promoting the values of their old quarter heritages.-VNA