Overview of the meeting (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong received Mayor of Busan of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Oh Keo-don on November 2.

Highlighting that Busan was the first locality in the RoK to establish friendship relations with HCM City in 1995, Phong said the ties have grown across a range of spheres such as trade, investment, education, and cultural exchange, bringing practical benefits to both sides.

The municipal leader requested the two cities’ sectors and agencies boost connectivity and cooperation promotion activities so as to turn agreements sealed between their leaders into specific joint projects.

HCM City wants Busan to continue expanding its personnel training programme for civil servants and sharing experiences in port management, logistics, and marine transport, the official said.

Fostering tourism development as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges are also necessary, Phong added.

For his part, Oh expressed his belief that the relations between the two cities would further develop in the time to come.

Impressed by HCM City’s strong growth, the mayor asked local authorities to continue creating favorable conditions for Busan businesses to take part in the city’s development, especially in infrastructure construction, seaports, smart city application, and tourism.

Busan wants to work with HCM City in increasing the exchange of delegations, as well as implementing their signed cooperation pacts on library collaboration, food processing research and development, and water resources cleaning, among others.–VNA