Chairman of municipal People’s Committee Le Quang Manh  (R) and US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Mary Tarnowka (Source: VNA)

Can Tho (VNA)
- The US wants to expand cooperation with the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho in agriculture, towards facilitating exports from the hub in particular and other Mekong Delta localities to the US.

US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Mary Tarnowka stated this at a meeting on June 19 with representatives from the municipal People’s Committee, during which she spoke highly potential and advantages of Can Tho.

Can Tho is a key development centre of the region with its strength in export, especially rice and catfish which are popular in the US market.

Tarnowka said her office will actively support Can Tho as well as other Mekong Delta localities in connecting with her country’s national programme on sustainable agriculture development.

Joining the programme, enterprises from the Mekong Delta will have the opportunity to cultivate and develop agricultural products right in the US, and the two sides’ enterprises will have the opportunity to share and learn experiences and techniques to apply to their agricultural production activities.

Regarding health care cooperation, the US Embassy in Vietnam will propose to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to strengthen the organization of missions from hospitals, research centres and prestigious medical universities of the US to Vietnam for working and sharing professional experience at Can Tho City's hospitals and medical facilities.

In the field of education and training, the US proposed Can Tho to send students and researchers to US prestigious educational institutions for training, while receiving students, lecturers from the US to learn, research and teach at universities, vocational schools and research centres in Can Tho and the region.

Tarnowka affirmed that her office is willing to support and share experiences in building a smart urban development project for Can Tho, saying that the Mekong Delta city should take smart urban development as the foundation for socio-economic development.

The US side also suggested cooperation with Can Tho in implementing clean air projects, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, managing drainage and wastewater treatment to increase the city's resilience to influence of climate change.

For his part, Chairman of municipal People’s Committee Le Quang Manh agreed with plans and proposals of the US official, affirming cooperation with the American country is one of the focuses in investment attraction strategy and sustainable development of Can Tho and the Mekong Delta region in general.

He pledged to improve its investment and business environment and apply mechanisms to create the most favourable conditions for US partners.

Manh hoped the US Consulate General will assist Can Tho to regularly meet with US investors, thus further promoting its potential, strength and international cooperation.-VNA