Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong (R) receives Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam Kari Kahiluoto on October 26 (Photo: hcmcpv.org.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong said the southern hub of Vietnam and Finland boast huge cooperation potential while meeting with Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam Kari Kahiluoto on October 26.

Phong highlighted potential for bilateral cooperation in education, clean technology, water treatment, innovation management, and startup ecology building.

HCM City is interested in those areas and wants foreign businesses, including those from Finland, to invest in the city, he said, expressing his hope that the two sides will forge fruitful cooperation programmes in the future.

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Ambassador Kahiluoto said his country’s enterprises are strong in the abovementioned spheres, and he hopes both sides will enhance ties to tap into potential.

Finland is carrying out many programmes to strengthen relations with HCM City, including the “Together with Finland” programme as part of the 2017 HCM City Innovation, Startup and Entrepreneurship Week from October 23-28, and the Finnish School Day at Ton Duc Thang University on October 28-29.

A delegation of Finnish companies is also expected to come to HCM City to seek investment opportunities soon, he added.-VNA