Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Thanh Phong (R) shakes hands with Peter Pellegrini, Slovakian Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatization (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City Nguyen Thanh Phong on November 25 received Peter Pellegrini, Slovakian Deputy Prime Minister for Investments and Informatization, who is paying an official visit to Vietnam from November 25-29.

At the meeting, Phong said Pellegrini’s visit will enhance the traditional cooperation between the two countries in general and between HCM City and Slovakian localities in particular.

As the traditional cooperation between Vietnam and Slovakia has been consolidated, relations between HCM City and Slovakian localities, including Kosice city, are also being enhanced, he said.

HCM City will create optimal conditions for Slovakian companies to promote trade, investment cooperation and do long-term business in fields that the city has high demand such as chemical industry, smart solutions, sustainable development, food industry and health, Phong added.

He asked the Slovakian Deputy PM to encourage Slovakian firms to foster trade and investment cooperation with Vietnam and HCM City in particular, contributing to the sustainable development of bilateral relations between Vietnam and Slovakia.

Lauding the traditional friendship, Pellegrini said Vietnam and Slovakia, as well as HCM City and Slovakian localities, hold huge potentials to strengthen cooperation, especially in economy, trade and investment.

He thanked the city for its support for the construction of a Vietnam-Slovakia friendship building, a symbol for the two countries’ sound traditional friendship, and also called for the city’s businesses to explore Slovakia’s investment climate as a gateway to enter the European market.-VNA