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HCM City keen on strengthening partnership with UK in various fields | Business

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HCM City keen on strengthening partnership with UK in various fields hinh anh 1An overview of the meeting (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City
People’s Committee Phan Van Mai has told Graham Stuart, UK Prime Minister’s
Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos, that the city hopes to work with the
UK in seeking new cooperation projects in areas of HCM City’s demand and the
UK’s strengths such as traffic management, waste treatment, climate change
response and smart city building.

At a meeting with Stuart in the city on April 5, Mai said
that when COVID-19 is totally controlled, the city hopes that the UK speed up the resumption of cooperation programmes and projects that
the two sides have agreed on.

The city also wishes to strengthen its partnership with the UK in trade, investment,
tourism, personnel training, technology research and transfer, health care and
education, he stressed, adding that exchanges between businesses of the two sides should be promoted so as to reach specific joint projects.

In addition, Mai asked for the UK’s support and cooperation in building a legal framework for
the operation of the city’s financial centre and introducing UK investors to take part
in the construction of the centre.

He hailed the UK’s initiative to organise a global
education forum in HCM City, and the British Council’s establishment of an international education facility also in the city.

For his part, Stuart congratulated Vietnam and HCM City for successfully
putting COVID-19 under control. He said that his visit aims to promote trade
ties between the UK and Vietnam and the city in particular.

Highlighting the cooperation potential between the two sides, he said that the
UK hopes to expand collaboration with the city in areas of shared interest such
as green traffic development, health care, human resources training, smart city
building, and digital transformation.

According to the envoy, the UK is particularly interested in education and training cooperation with HCM City as well as the city’s project to build a financial centre.

He said the UK is willing to support the project through sending its experts to the city,
sharing experience in finance-banking, and assisting the process of building
and operating the centre.

Stuart said he believes that with the positive progress in
trade ties between the two countries recently, the partnership between the UK
and HCM City will continue to thrive in many areas, thus benefiting both
sides./.



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