Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen (Source: VNA)
 
HCM City (VNA) – A ceremony marking the 45th anniversary of Vietnam – France diplomatic ties and five years of bilateral strategic partnership took place in Ho Chi Minh City on December 11.

Speaking at the event, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Tran Vinh Tuyen said the establishment of Vietnam-France strategic partnership in 2013 and mutual visits by leaders have opened up new opportunities for bilateral ties.

Tuyen recalled French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe’s statement during Ho Chi Minh City visit last month that both France and Vietnam anticipate a new world order based on trade multilateralisation and liberalisation and respect to international law.

He spoke highly of the French Consulate General and Trade Office’s role in pooling technical resources and capital, thereby dealing with challenges in socio-economic development toward the goal of building a green, modern and sustainable city.

The Vice Chairman expressed his wish to further boost all-around ties with French localities, especially in climate change, planning and urban lighting, education-training, high-quality workforce development, cultural exchange, and science-technology.

French Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City Vincent Florean said after taking office in Ho Chi Minh City, he has seen effective cooperation between France and southern localities, saying that they have made important strides in joint work across economy, education-training, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, food, infrastructure and high technology.

He expressed his belief that visits by the two countries’ leaders will propel bilateral ties forward.

In recent years, Ho Chi Minh City and the French city of Lyon signed a cooperation agreement and successfully launched artistic lighting projects. Meanwhile, the number of French nationals living and working in Vietnam, especially in Ho Chi Minh City, has grown to nearly 9,000.

France now ranks 16th among 100 countries and territories investing in Ho Chi Minh City with two-way trade hitting 867 million USD last year.-VNA