The Can Tho City chapter of the Vietnam- Philippines Friendship Association held its founding congress on December 19 in an attempt to boost ties between the Mekong Delta city and the Philippines.

Addressing the event, Deputy Chairman of the city’s People’s Committee Truong Quoang Hoai Nam said the association was set up in the context of expanding international cooperation, particularly that between Can Tho and the ASEAN’s country members.

The same day, the deputy chairman welcomed a delegation of Filipino investors who expressed hope to collaborate with Can Tho in fields of hygiene water supply and fast food.

Meanwhile the city’s rice and fertilizer manufacturers wished to expand their market to the Philippines.

The Filipino Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Le Thi Phung said with a purchasing power of 3.3 billion USD per year, after only Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City , Can Tho is a potential market. In addition, the city has become a more attractive destination for foreign investors thanks to improved transportation, the construction of numerous industrial parks and recent reforms in administrative procedures.

The Vietnam-Philippines Friendship Association (VNPFA) was founded at a congress in Hanoi on October 29, becoming the 111th member of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO).-VNA