Ho Chi Minh City hopes to cooperate with France’s Brest city in urban and port development, said Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan on June 17.

At the reception for Brest’s Mayor Francois Cuillandre, who is on a working visit to the City, Chairman Quan called upon businesses and investors of the city and France to invest in HCM City, particularly in the Hiep Phuoc Port urban area.

He said many practical activities have been organised this year to mark the 40 th anniversary of Vietnam–France diplomatic ties.

In the past, the city has worked closely with many localities in France in trade, cultural exchange, education and healthcare, he said, adding that French enterprises have invested in 152 projects in the city, with capital totalling 750 million USD.

Quan expressed his hope that Cuillandre’s visit will contribute to fostering the multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and France, and between Ho Chi Minh City and Brest in particular.

For his part, Mayor Cuillandre said during his visit, 50 parliamentarians, businesspeople and education officials will have meetings with Vietnamese enterprises to seek cooperation opportunities and strengthen links between the two sides.

According to him, urban transport development is an urgent problem since it is not simply the matter of travelling but also a way to improve the livelihood of citizens.

Brest’s Mayor expressed his hope that HCM City will succeed in its projects, especially the construction of its metro system.-VNA