Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong hosts a reception for WB Vice President for Sustainable Development Laura Tuck on December 9. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City highly appreciates the World Bank (WB)’s support and always considers it as an important partner of the city, said a local official.

In a reception for WB Vice President for Sustainable Development Laura Tuck on December 9, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong spoke highly of the WB’s assistance in local key projects in environmental treatment, urban landscape development and living condition improvement over the past years.

HCM City wants the WB to continue its support to ongoing projects in environment sanitation, green transport development, food safety and improving the competitiveness of the animal husbandry sector, Phong said.

The city expects to continue negotiations with the WB in other projects related to smart city building, food safety, flood control, water loss control and more, he added.

Phong also suggested the WB help HCM City with resources, policy consultancy, and technical assistance so that it could become a hub for economy, trade, finance and science-technology in the region.

Tuck, for her part, said the WB regards HCM City as an important partner in Vietnam and is ready to cooperate with the city in urban infrastructure development, land management and innovation, among others.

She also committed to introducing to the city potential investors and sharing experience and successful development models from around the world to improve living conditions for local people.-VNA