13/03/2019 - 16:00

Can Tho discusses Vietnam-France decentralised cooperation conference 

Illustrative image (Source: baocantho)
 
The People’s Committee of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho held a working session with local departments and agencies on March 12 to discuss a plan to attend the 11th Vietnam-France decentralised cooperation conference in the French city of Toulouse. 

Discussions focused on suggestions for bilateral cooperation and connectivity amongst multiple sectors to develop the friendships between Can Tho and French localities in the near future. 

At the event, Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam said that amidst the widespread and effective development of Vietnam-France strategic partnership, more and more French localities are seeking cooperation opportunities with Vietnam, notably between Brest and Hai Phong, Val-de-Marne and Yen Bai, Aquitaine and Thua Thien-Hue, and Ile-de-France and Hanoi. 

During the upcoming conference, Can Tho is determined to step up bilateral ties with French localities in the key areas of arts training, cultural heritage preservation, urban transportation, renewable energy and environmental protection, and climate change response. 

In urban transportation, the city will call for support from French experts in a transportation upgrade project in core and outlying areas. 

At the same time, Can Tho has set the goal of attracting French coordination in developing renewable energies, looking to pilot a new project on tapping renewable energy in high-tech agriculture or seafood processing which will then be spread to cities and provinces in the southwest, making Can Tho a locomotive in clean energy use. 

To improve its resilience to climate change, the city is determined to work with French localities to carry out clean air, greenhouse emission reduction, water drainage management, and wastewater treatment projects. 

The conference will afford Vietnamese and French authorities and key economic zones a chance to share experience, as well as form effective and sustainable economic partnerships among localities. 

This year’s event will attract over 1,000 delegates from 20 French and nearly 40 Vietnamese cities and provinces, the highest number since the first event was held in 1989. 

It is expected to make a breakthrough in bilateral ties, especially at a time when Vietnam and the European Union are on the verge of signing a free trade agreement.–VNA 
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