Exploiting huge cooperation potential between HCM City and Finland

11:34 | 27/10/2017 Cooperation

On October 26, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong held a meeting with Finnish Ambassador to Vietnam Kari Kahiluoto.

exploiting huge cooperation potential between hcm city and finland
Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong receives Ambassador Kari Kahiluoto - Photo: qdnd

At the meeting, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong said the southern hub of Vietnam and Finland boast huge cooperation potential and wished the two sides' cooperation programs will become more practical and effective in the coming time.

The Ho Chi Minh City leader appreciated the "2017 HCM City Innovation, Startup and Entrepreneurship Week" from October 23-28, which was regarded as the biggest event of the year in fields of innovation, science and technology and start-ups of the city.

Chairman Phong also highlighted potential for bilateral cooperation in education, clean technology, water treatment, innovation management, and startup ecology building. HCM City is interested in those areas and wants foreign businesses, including those from Finland, to invest in the city, he said, expressing his hope that the two sides will forge fruitful cooperation programmes in the future.

Finland now has 8 investment projects in Ho Chi Minh City with total investment of nearly US$3 million. The Finnish Ambassador said research and innovation projects between the two sides' have achieved positive results.

Ambassador Kahiluoto said his country’s enterprises are strong in the abovementioned spheres, and he hopes both sides will enhance ties to tap into potential. Finland is carrying out many programs to strengthen relations with HCM City, including the “Together with Finland” programme as part of the 2017 HCM City Innovation, Startup and Entrepreneurship Week from October 23-28, and the Finnish School Day at Ton Duc Thang University on October 28-29. A delegation of Finnish companies is also expected to come to HCM City to seek investment opportunities soon, he added.

Earlier,during an official visit to Finland by Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh, officials of both countries agreed on measures to boost economic-trade ties and lift bilateral ties to a greater height via the establishment of the strategic partnership by facilitating the two countries’ business operations in potential fields such as information technology and communications, education-training, innovation, clean technology, clean water supply, forest wood industry, renewable energies, among others.

Minh Ngoc