Ho Chi Minh City is willing to facilitate Argentinean businesses’ partnerships in the fields of the city’s strength, like services, food processing, hi tech-used agriculture and tourism.

Permanent Deputy Secretary of the HCM City Party’s Committee Nguyen Van Dua made the statement at his meetings with General Secretary of the Argentinean Communist Party Patricio Echegaray, Deputy Speaker of Buenos Aires City Council Dante Gullo and Chairman of the Vietnam-Argentina Culture Institute Poldi Sosa on September 23-24 as part of his working visit to the Latin American country.

The visit was made at a time when Vietnam and Argentina are taking practical activities to mark their 40-year-old diplomatic ties and pushing for stronger friendship and cooperation.

The HCM City official also introduced to the hosts his city’s role as Vietnam’s largest economic hub, a big centre of culture, education and training, science and technology, and international exchanges.

On the occasion, a business forum was held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Argentina and the Argentinean Ministry of Economy, offering a venue for HCM City businesses and Argentinean partners to establish contacts and seek partners.

Trade between Vietnam and Argentina has surged in recent years with two-way trade value topping 1 billion USD for the first time in 2011.

In the first eight month of this year, the two countries made a year-on-year soar of 48 percent to 1.1 billion USD in trade. Vietnam mainly ships footwear, electronics, rubber and garments to the South American country, while importing animal feed, animal and plant oil, seedlings and medicines.

The Vietnamese delegation wrapped up their Argentina visit on September 25. Earlier, it visited Cuba.-VNA