Hanoi officials in Ankara during the tour. (Photo: hanoimoi.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – A delegation of high-ranking officials of Hanoi led by Deputy Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Dao Duc Toan has made a tour of Turkey, Switzerland and Belgium recently to promote ties with major cities in the countries.

In Turkey, the delegation met with Vice Mayor of Ankara on September 27, during which the two sides shared experience in development policies and local governance, particularly in the fields of infrastructure and social welfare.

The delegation visited several historical relic conservation projects in Ankara and social housing quarters built at former slum areas.

At a working session with First Deputy Mayor of Istanbul Ahmet Selamet, Dao Duc Toan strongly recommended that Hanoi and Istanbul further their bilateral partnership in all aspects in the context of the growing ties between Vietnam and Turkey, as seen through the Turkish Prime Minister’s visit to Vietnam in August 2017 and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan’s visit to Turkey in October this year.

The Istanbul deputy mayor introduced the city’s potential and strengths to the guests, and expressed the wish to gain more information about policies on foreign investment of Vietnam in general and Hanoi in particular.

During their stay in Switzerland, the Hanoi delegation had a working session on October 1 with Thomas Moser, official in charge of communications and external relations of Bern state.

The delegation affirmed Bern’s experiences in urban administration are useful for Hanoi in implementing its pilot project on urban administration.

In Brussels, the delegation held a meeting with officials of the Wallonie-Bruxelles region, during which the two sides reviewed the cooperation between the two sides under a deal signed between Hanoi and the Wallonie-Bruxelles.

The meeting also pinpointed areas for future cooperation which will be included in an agreement to be signed between Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment and the region this November.

The Deputy Secretary of Hanoi Party Committee said he wished the two sides would boost collaboration in cultural heritage conservation, cultural and art exchange, and education-training. He also asked the Wallonie-Bruxelles region to assist Hanoi in addressing waste treatment, animal husbandry and animal slaughter, which are the region’s strengths.-VNA