Officials of the HCM City People’s Council and the Shanghai People’s Congress pose for a photo (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City wants to enhance relations between its People’s Council and the municipal People’s Congress of the Chinese city of Shanghai, an official of the Vietnamese city has said.

Vice Chairwoman of the HCM City People’s Council Truong Thi Anh received Vice Chairman of the Shanghai People’s Congress Xu Zezhou on October 19.

The host official said the Shanghai delegation’s working visit will help strengthen relations between the two cities, including between the HCM City People’s Council and the Shanghai People’s Congress.

She noted that over the past few years, relations between the Communist Party of Vietnam and the Communist Party of China, as well as between the two countries, have enjoyed great strides. As such, the publicly-elected bodies of HCM City and Shanghai are obliged to further tighten links across all spheres.

The HCM City People’s Council hopes to reinforce connections with the Shanghai People’s Congress through the exchange of experience so as to contribute to bilateral economic ties, Anh added.

For his part, Xu said the people of his city also want to develop their friendship with HCM City. Both cities are populous and share many similarities in history, the role in their respective countries’ economies, along with challenges facing their development, especially in terms of environmental pollution and sustainable development problems.

He voiced his hope that the people’s representative agencies will step up joint activities such as exchanging delegations and sharing experience in making decisions and monitoring executive bodies’ performance, thereby promoting other cooperation activities between the two cities.

At the working session, the two sides also introduced the structure and activities of the HCM City People’s Council and the Shanghai People’s Congress to one another. –VNA