Ho Chi Minh City and the German State of Sachsen both want to lift bilateral cooperation to a new height that matches their potential.

This statement was made by both Chairman of HCM City People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan and Sachsen Governor Stanislaw Tillich during their meeting in HCM City on March 30.

They said environment and education are two areas where the two localities have opportunities, potential and demand for cooperation.

The HCM City official spoke highly of Sachsen’s strengths in industry, education, science-technology, hi-tech and tourism, saying the German state is home for many leading German groups, universities and research institutes, with potential for investment expansion and cooperation with Vietnam, including HCM City .

He stressed the efficiency of Germany’s cooperation projects and investment in recent years, especially in industry, education and infrastructure development.

Quan affirmed environment is top priority in the city’s socio-economic development and he said he wants the two sides to cooperate in waste water treatment.

Governor Stanislaw Tillich affirmed his state’s willingness to help Vietnam as well as HCM City in development, particularly in areas of the State’s strength.

He saw concrete cooperation between the two localities being implemented in the future, including Leipzig University ’s masters degree course on business management for the city’s small and medium-sized enterprises, and waste treatment research.

The Governor said during his current visit, many Sachsen environmental companies have offered their advanced technology and sought opportunities for cooperation and business with partners in HCM City.

During the Sachsen Governor’s visit to the city, Saigon University and Germany’s international association on environmental protection and technology (Saxutec) signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation to study and apply solid waste treatment technology.

Under the MoU, Saxutec will help train Vietnamese environmental lecturers in Germany, transfer technology, cooperate in scientific research and invest in research labs and treatment of solid waste./.