Nguyen Hue street on a flower festival (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA)
- Ho Chi Minh City will continue working with stakeholders to prepare for the HCM City–Gyeongju World Cultural Festival 2017, said Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem.

Liem made the remark at a meeting with Kim Jang Joo, Deputy Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do province in the southern city on October 24.

Liem lauded the effective cooperation among related bodies of HCM City and the Korean province in preparing for the festival, saying that the two sides need to continue working closely for the event.

The city will give a warm welcome to RoK delegates, particularly leaders of the government and localities, Liem said.

The city also pledged to ensure security, traffic safety and communication work during the festival.

For his part, Kim Jang Joo called on HCM City to continue its assistance for the Korean side in installing advertisements on streets and facilitating customs clearance for festival tools, and encouraging local students to join the festival.

According to Kim, some 1,500 RoK delegates will attend the event, including high-level officials. The HCM City–Gyeongju World Cultural Festival 2017, the RoK’s only long-time cultural activity held abroad is expected to boost ties between the two nations.

The two sides also expressed their hope to complete preparations for the signing ceremony of the agreement on promoting cooperation between HCM City and Gyeongsangbuk-do during the festival.

The HCM City- Gyeongju World Cultural Festival 2017 is set to begin on November 11 and last for 23 days.

Featuring cultural-art events, sport and youth exchanges as well as trade cooperation activities, it will take place across popular public gathering sites such as the Nguyen Hue pedestrian street, 23/9 Park, and Ben Thanh theatre.-VNA