Apart from economics, Ho Chi Minh City wishes to cooperate with the US in science and high technology, said Secretary of the municipal Party’s Committee Le Thanh Hai.

Hai made the statement at a December 10 meeting with US Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics Caroline Atkinson, who is on a working visit to Vietnam.

Noting with pleasure the fruitful relationship in various fields between Vietnam and the US, he said HCM City, with its available conditions, hopes to promote its linkage with the US.

Over the past years, US investment in the city has grown significantly, focusing on such areas as services, finance, banking and insurance, the official said.

Hai also used the occasion to introduce his guest to HCM City’s socio-economic situation, saying over the past three years, the city has made all-out efforts to maintain its growth rate despite the global economic downturn.

In reply, Caroline Atkinson said her visit to Vietnam is of significance, particularly in the context that the two countries have elevated their relationship to a comprehensive partnership.

The US wants to develop the comprehensive partnership more strongly with the early completion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, she said.

US companies that operate in different fields are willing help implement projects in Vietnam as part of the comprehensive partnership, she added.-VNA