Australia, US, Japan's Consul Generals Visit Can Tho City
Leaders of Can Tho had a meeting with the consulates general and attachés of Australia, the US, and Japan on October 24, highlighting the Mekong Delta city’s willingness to expand multi-faceted cooperation with the foreign partners, VNA reported.
At the event, participants expressed their hopes to tighten cooperation to help promote regional and international peace and prosperity, with a focus on the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals and climate change adaptation in the Mekong Delta.
|Japanese Consul General in HCM City Ono Masuo (far left), Consul General of the US in HCM City Susan Burns and Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Sarah Hooper (far right) at the meeting.
Consul General of the US in HCM City Susan Burns said the US prioritises cooperation with the Mekong Delta, including Can Tho, especially in the fields of climate change response, public health, and higher education. It will continue to carry out key activities in humanitarian assistance, war legacy settlement, and unexploded ordnance clearance.
Australian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Sarah Hooper said her country pays special attention to the development and prosperity of Asia-Pacific, including Vietnam, so as to achieve the sustainable goals.
Since 2000, the Australian Government has invested AUD 650 million (USD 413.3 million) in the Mekong Delta to improve local infrastructure, boost investment attraction, develop human resources, and facilitate innovation.
She also underlined bilateral cooperation in developing climate-resilient plant varieties, implementing projects benefiting coastal areas, commercialising studies’ results, and carrying out the Mekong - Australia Partnership.
In addition, it is expected that in upcoming November, the Australian Consulate General will coordinate with Can Tho city to organize a tree planting activity on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Australia and the ceremony announcing a USD 2.5 million support package from the Australian Government for Mekong Delta businesses called "Business Partnership Platform: Climate Change Adaptation".
|Japanese Consul General in HCM City Ono Masuo at the meeting.
Meanwhile, Japanese Consul General in HCM City Ono Masuo noted Japanese businesses are strong at biotechnology, clean energy, and the processing - manufacturing industry serving agriculture. Therefore, the Northeast Asian country hopes to enhance partnerships in these areas.
For his part, Secretary of the Can Tho Party Committee Nguyen Van Hieu said that as the centre of the Mekong Delta, his city is willing to expand multi-faceted ties with foreign partners, including Australia, the US, and Japan, which all have good relations with Vietnam.
Given the strengths of Australia, he expressed his hope that the two sides will step up collaboration in agriculture, health care, renewable energy, information technology, telecommunications, and real estate, among others.
|Secretary of the Can Tho Party Committee Nguyen Van Hieu (M) at the meeting.
To the US, Can Tho wishes to bolster ties in sharing experience in in-depth medical techniques, supporting disadvantaged patients, implementing the programmes and projects on climate change adaptation and impact mitigation, Hieu noted.
To Japan, the official added, Can Tho is proud to be one of the localities actively contributing to the Vietnam - Japan relations, especially amid the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties this year.
The city has built the Vietnam - Japan Friendship Industrial Park as part of the Hung Phu 1 Industrial Park in Cai Rang district, which is a favorable condition for potential investors from Japan to make investment, he went on, adding that it also looks forwards to stronger connections with Japan in labor, vocational training, supporting industries, the processing and manufacturing industry, high technology, and logistics.
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