Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen (R) presents a gift to Hamed Abdel Fattah Hememy, deputy minister of state of Egypt's Administrative Control Authority (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen met with visiting senior officials of the Administrative Control Authority (ACA) of Egypt on November 9.

Tuyen applauded Egypt’s “Look East” policy, which aims to expand relations with Asian countries, including Vietnam. Vietnam-Egypt ties have been growing, especially since a visit to the Southeast Asian nation by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi last September, opening up development prospects for both sides.

Egypt is currently the second biggest African trade partner of Vietnam with bilateral trade reaching 316 million USD in 2016.

He also highly valued the memorandum of understanding on cooperation for 2015-2020 signed between the Vietnamese Government Inspectorate and the ACA. The two countries have many conditions and opportunities to share experience, enhance mutual understanding and boost cooperation between their ministries and sectors.

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The official also expressed his hope that the Egyptian delegation’s working visit will help strengthen partnerships between the two countries as well as between Egypt and HCM City in the fields that the African nation is strong at.

For his part, ACA deputy minister of state Hamed Abdel Fattah Hememy noted his delegation had fruitful working sessions with relevant agencies of Vietnam, including the HCM City Inspectorate. Notably, they exchanged experience in corruption prevention and control.

Apart from administrative supervision, Egypt wants to tighten links with Vietnam and HCM City in many other spheres. Egypt values Vietnam’s experience in economic and tourism development and wants to learn from it, he said.-VNA