HCM City keen on cooperating with US partners in smart transport development hinh anh 1An overview of the meeting (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Ho Chi Minh City hopes to receive support and cooperation from foreign partners, including the US, in building its smart transport system, said a city senior official.

Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong made the statement at a meeting with visiting Assistant Secretary for Global Markets at the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, Ian Steff, and a delegation of US firms in the city on December 6.

Phong said the city considers settling urban transport problems an urgent priority.

As an economic hub of the country, Ho Chi Minh City is aware of the need for comprehensive and feasible measures to improve its transport system, thus becoming a model for other localities, he said.

Phong appreciated the attention of US firms to the transport infrastructure system of the city, especially smart transport, saying the visit will help promote links between the two sides in smart transport.

He pledged the city will give optimal conditions for investors, including those from the US, to operate in the city.

For his part, Steff voiced his delight at the development in partnership between businesses of the two sides, expressing hope to continue promoting bilateral collaboration in transport infrastructure building and smart transport.

US businesses joining the visit are strong and experienced firms in urban transport, and are interested in affiliating with Ho Chi Minh City in their strong areas.

Steff underlined that US firms are keen on engaging in building and developing the city, including the construction of smart transport through providing technical support, high technology and creating smart technology products.

At the meeting, the firms were introduced to the city’s transport system and development plans for smart transport. They also briefed the host on their strengths.

The two sides agreed to foster connectivity to seek specific cooperation opportunities and turn their interest in collaboration into real projects.-VNA