At the signing ceremony (Source: VNA)

HCM City (VNA)
– A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on establishing the friendship and cooperation between Ho Chi Minh City and Gyeonggi province of the Republic of Korea (RoK) was signed on April 19 on the occasion of the ongoing working visit by Vice Governor of Gyeonggi Kim Jin-heung to the Vietnamese city.

Under the MoU, the two sides will enhance mutual understanding and promote cooperation through the dialogue mechanism during high-level visits.

Both sides pledge to facilitate cooperation of their private and State enterprises by creating a favourable business environment, promoting business connection activities, and arranging meetings and trade transactions.

They will also step up linkages in other fields such as science-technology, culture-art, tourism, education, environment protection and youth exchange.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem appreciated Gyeonggi’s initiative in establishing and strengthening cooperation with HCM City, hoping that the two localities will focus on boosting links in the fields of their strengths.

Gyeonggi is considering selecting two schools in HCM City for installation of smart classes, Liem said, adding that this matches the city's smart city-building orientation.

Liem believed that once completed, the smart class project will help better teaching and learning in the city, expressing his wish that the two sides will work together to expand the model in the future.

Briefing the host on the province’s socio-economic situation, Kim Jin-heung said the cooperation will significantly contribute to the development of the two localities and the two countries in general as both Gyeonggi and HCM City are key drivers for the respective countries’ economy.

For the smart class project, Kim stressed the model has proven effective in the RoK, affirming that his country is willing to cooperate with HCM City to expand the model in the future.-VNA