08:45 | 13/10/2016 Cooperation
A high-level delegation from Hanoi paid a working visit to South Africa and Singapore from October 1-12 to advance friendship and cooperation between Hanoi and the two countries’ cities.
The high-level delegation from Hanoi at the city of Cape Town
The delegation was led by Nguyen Thi Bich Ngoc, Vice Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee and Chairwoman of the Hanoi People’s Council.
Upon her arrival in South Africa, Ngoc held talks with Alderman Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor of the city of Cape Town, during which the two sides agreed to boost collaboration in various fields, particularly tourism, to continue exchanges of delegations at all levels and to share experience in urban planning and development.
Ngoc said Hanoi hoped to strengthen its ties with locales in South Africa, including Cape Town, especially in sectors like tourism, the preservation of cultural heritage and urban development in preparation for the signing of a number of bilateral agreements.
She later held a working session with authorities from the city of Johannesburg—a leading economic and cultural centre in South Africa.
The official said Hanoi wished to learn from Johannesberg’s experience so as to better address challenges and speed up the capital’s development.
Both sides agreed to step up bilateral relations and sign cooperation agreements on crime prevention, social order and safety and gender equality, in addition to economics, trade, investment, tourism, cultural exchanges, urban management and development, poverty reduction and job creation.
Ngoc confirmed that Hanoi would create favourable conditions in which for businesses from Hanoi and Johannesberg to exchange information, study their respective markets and promote coordination on trade and tourism.
At a separate working session with Solly Msimanga, Mayor of the city of Tshwane (which contains South Africa’s executive capital, Pretoria), she said that in 2007 Hanoi and Tshwane had agreed to cooperate on cultural and social affairs, urban planning and urban management, tourism and human resources development.
She noted that while Hanoi could learn from Tshwane in the management of education, the Vietnamese capital could also share its know-how on the implementation of poverty reduction policies, as the proportion of needy households in Tshwane was increasing.
At the conclusion of her visit to South Africa, Ngoc led the delegation to Singapore.
During a working session with Koh Pok Koon, Minister of State at Singapore’s Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ngoc said urban management was crucial to Hanoi’s urban construction and development strategy, as well as to the promotion of the city’s historical and cultural heritage to develop tourism.
Calling Singapore an important tourism market for Vietnam, she said the number of Singaporean visitors to Vietnam in 2015 was 236,547, a year-on-year increase of 7.2%.
Koh vowed to do his best to develop cooperation between Hanoi and locales in Singapore./.