Chairwoman of the HCM City People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam (right) and first Vice President of the Legislature of Buenos Aires city Javier Francisco Quintana. (Source: VNA)

Buenos Aires (VNA) - A delegation of Ho Chi Minh City led by Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam visited Argentina from August 1-4 to enhance the friendship between the two sides.

At a working session with first Vice President of the Legislature of Buenos Aires city Javier Francisco Quintana, Tam told her host that as the country’s economic locomotive, HCM City contributes 23 percent of the national gross domestic product (GDP) and 30 percent of the State budget.

HCM City always creates the best possible conditions with flexible, open policies for foreign investors, helping them run long-term and stable business in the locality, she stressed.

Quintana expressed his admiration for Vietnam’s Doi Moi (reform) and economic development over the past decades.

Speaking highly of the friendship and cooperation between Argentina and Vietnam, the official noted his hope that Tam’s visit would contribute to reinforcing cooperation between the two countries as well as between HCM City and Buenos Aires across fields.

Vietnam is one of Argentina’s important partners in Southeast Asia and a bridge helping the country expand its economic and trade ties in the region, Quintana said.

Host and guest talked about organisational models, exchanged operational experience of people-elected agencies, and discussed measures to spur development of HCM City and Buenos Aires.

During their stay in Argentina, Tam and her entourage studied the planning management and operation of the Buenos Aires Port - one of the major maritime gateways in South America. They also visited some cultural and tourism centres of Argentina, and laid a wreath at President Ho Chi Minh’s statue in Buenos Aires.-VNA