08:53 | 13/09/2015 Cooperation
A friendship co-operation agreement between Ho Chi Minh City and the city of Turin has recently been signed in Turin, Piedmont of northern Italy, laying a foundation for the two localities to boost their co-operation in numerous fields over the coming time.
Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City municipal People's Committee Le Hoang Quan and Turin Mayor Piero Fassino sign the agreement in Turin on September 9. (Image credit: sggp.org.vn)
The agreement is the 41st friendly co-operative agreement signed by Ho Chi Minh City along with cities and localities around the world, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City municipal People's Committee Le Hoang Quan told reporters in Italy on September 9.
Under the agreement, the two major cities of Vietnam and Italy will maintain regular leadership-level dialogues and create optimal conditions for the exchange of information and experiences, as well as remove obstacles to facilitate co-operation on areas the two sides have potentials and advantages in, such as trade, investment, science and technology, education and training, culture, and tourism.
Quan expressed hope that the agreement would bring about a significant step forward in the co-operation between the two cities, contributing to strengthening the Vietnam-Italy strategic partnership signed between the two countries’ leaders in 2013.
He also expressed his pleasure to visit Turin, a city that has many similarities in history, culture, and economy with Ho Chi Minh City, considering it as a good basis for the two cities to strengthen co-operation for common prosperity. In the past, Turin’s citizens provided emotional and material support for Vietnam in its struggle for national liberation and reunification.
For his part, Mayor of Turin city Piero Fassino affirmed the deep sentiment and support of the people of Turin for Vietnam in past wars, as well as in its current national construction and development.
Valuing the partnership with Vietnam’s localities amongst the overall external relations of Turin, Fassino expressed his confidence that the newly signed friendly co-operation agreement would contribute to further promoting bilateral relations between the two sides.
He also spoke highly of Vietnam’s economic achievements, considering the country as an emerging nation of Asia, he wished Vietnam well in attracting more foreign investment from partners such as Italy.
The same day, Chairman Quan and Deputy Mayor of Turin Enzo Lavolta co-chaired a workshop on investment and trade promotions in Ho Chi Minh City, gathering over 40 major Italian businesses.
Quan also inspected Turin’s subway system before ending his working visit in the Italian city.
In 2014, trade turnover between Ho Chi Minh City and Italy reached US$529.3 million. As of mid-August, Italy has 17 investment projects in the city with total capital of US$57.8 million USD, ranking 27th out of 71 countries and territories investing in Vietnam’s southern hub./.