Le Thanh Liem, Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee (middle), and the Greek guests. (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City has suggested Greece’s Edessa city increase activities to connect businesses of the two localities, as well as trade promotion programmes.

Le Thanh Liem, Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee, made the suggestion at a reception for a delegation of three vice mayors of Edessa city on April 16.

He emphasised the trading of farm produce between the two sides, focusing on cherry from Edessa and coffee and dragon fruit from HCM City.

HCM City always pays attention to reinforcing cooperation with foreign partners, including Greece, the official said, noting that the city is willing to create the best possible conditions for Greek firms, including those from Edessa, to invest in the city.

HCM City also stand ready to intensify information sharing, exchange between businesses of the two cities and trade promotion in such areas as tourism and culture, Liem added.

Anastasious Diou, head of the delegation, said as the first Greek locality to organise a working trip to Vietnam, Edessa wants to establish the friendship with Vietnamese localities, including HCM City.

The Greek side hopes that following the trip, there will be more exchange activities in culture, trade and investment between Edessa and HCM City and other localities of Vietnam, he said.

He called on leaders of HCM City to create favourable conditions for cooperation between both sides’ businesses, particularly in potential areas like fruit and tourism.

He also committed to facilitating the friendship and cooperation between the two localities in the time ahead. -VNA