Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong (R) ​and Ireland’s Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture Andrew Doyle. (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong has called on Ireland to exchange experience and transfer technology in food safety and hygiene management in the processing industry.

At a reception for Ireland’s Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture Andrew Doyle in HCM City on March 14, Phong said HCM City is interested in agricultural development, especially high-teach agriculture and food processing.

He urged Ireland to intensify cooperation and experience sharing in high-tech agriculture, and preservation and exploitation of ecological forests in service of tourism.

The official applauded Andrew’s role in promoting the relations between Ireland and Vietnam, including HCM City, in the fields of green agriculture and food safety.

For his part, Andrew expressed his impression on HCM City’s rapid and dynamic development, saying Ireland appreciates the city’s role in Vietnam’s socio-economic development and wishes to enhance collaboration with the city in the areas of shared concern.

Specifically, Ireland wants to share experience with HCM City in quality agriculture with high added value products and building agricultural product processing system, and trade farm produce with the city, he said.

Andrew suggested HCM City roll out master solutions to harmoniously combine ecological tourism development with environmental protection, land management with forest development and protection, while investing in scientific research in agriculture.

Ireland hopes to continue its cooperation with HCM City in the areas that Ireland has strength and HCM City has demand, benefiting both sides and contributing to enhancing the Ireland-Vietnam relationship, he said.-VNA