Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Cao Chinh Thien (R) and Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando (Source:VNA)

Rome (VNA) – The administration of Palermo city in the autonomous region of Sicily in southern Italy is willing to coordinate with the Vietnamese Embassy in the country to organise a “Vietnam Day” in the locality.

Vietnamese Ambassador to Italy Cao Chinh Thien and Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando reached consensus on the plan during their meeting on May 5.

Under the plan, the event will not only feature cultural-art performance and exchange activities, but also see the participation of Vietnamese enterprises and those from Palermo and Sicily in general.

Orlando said the event would open more opportunities for the two sides to enhance multi-faceted cooperation between Italy and Vietnam.

Thien, for his part, stressed in the context of fruitful cooperation and friendship between the two countries, the promotion of economic, trade and investment cooperation, as well as cultural and educational exchanges will contribute to concretizing their political relations.

The model of cooperation between Vietnamese and Italian localities has initially achieved good and promising results, he noted.  

Previously, the Vietnamese Ambassador had a meeting with Prof. Fabrizio Micari, Rector of University of Palermo where over 30 Vietnamese students are pursuing their study in different majors.

The university is a prestigious educational institution in Italy in particular and in the Southern Mediterranean region in general. It has successfully implemented a training cooperation project with Vietnam’s Hanoi University over the last decade, benefiting hundreds of Vietnamese students.

Prof. Micari said the University of Palermo wants to expand training programmes, towards training more Vietnamese students in the coming time.

Palermo city is the metropolis of the autonomous region of Sicily and Palermo province. The 2,700-year-old city is well known for history, unique culture and architecture. It is named Italian Capital of Culture for 2018.-VNA