Vietnam’s city seeks multifaceted cooperation with U.S localities

Secretary of the Can Tho municipal Party Committee Le Quang Manh and US Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Marie C. Damour had a meeting on April 22, during which both voiced the wish to foster bilateral cooperation in trade promotion, climate change response, health care, and education.
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Manh expressed his delight at the US Consulate General’s attention to enhancing cooperation between the two countries, including between the US and Can Tho, and noted that the areas that Damour mentioned are all development priorities of the Mekong Delta city both at present and in the future.

Agricultural products are the strength of the Mekong Delta, but Can Tho hopes for the US's further assistance in processing to reduce post-harvest losses, as well as in product examination and certification to export to the US, he noted.

The official added he hopes via scholarships for cadres to study in the US, his city will have more high-quality personnel, Vietnamplus reported.

Vietnam’s city seeks multifaceted cooperation with U.S localities
The meeting between Secretary of the Can Tho municipal Party Committee Le Quang Manh and US Consul General in HCM City Marie C. Damour on April 22. Photo: VNA

For her part, Consul General Damour said as the center of the Mekong Delta and boasting many healthcare and education facilities, research centers, and port and logistics systems, Can Tho is a potential strategic partner for many US localities.

Emphasizing health care and climate change response, she highly valued Vietnam’s achievements in controlling COVID-19, describing these as lessons for the US and the whole world to learn from.

With the anti-pandemic success, Vietnam has a chance to be a destination for healthcare enterprises of the US to invest in, according to the diplomat.

She added that climate change is a global issue to which the Mekong Delta is vulnerable. Meanwhile, the US has much experience, solutions, and initiatives that have been applied and generated positive outcomes in this regard.

Therefore, Damour went on, the Consulate General wants to work as a bridge to help US businesses come to seek investment opportunities in climate change response in Can Tho.

Vietnam, US eye $100 billion trade turnover this year

Vietnamese and US agencies will continue their coordination in order to maintain trade ties between the two countries, towards a harmonious, sustainable, and mutually beneficial trade balance.

The consensus was reached during recent phone talks between Tran Tuan Anh, Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Economic Commission, Minister of Industry and Trade, and Chairman of the Vietnam-US Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) Council, and US Trade Representative Katherine Tai.

The two sides shared the view that after more than 25 years of the normalization of the bilateral relations, thanks to efforts of the two countries’ leaders, the close and effective collaboration between the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and the Office of US Trade Representative, in their capacity as co-chairs of the TIFA Council, as well as partnerships between other ministries, agencies, and businesses, the economic and trade ties have reaped practical outcomes.

Vietnam’s city seeks multifaceted cooperation with U.S localities
Vietnam’s Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and the US Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Photo: Baocongthuong.vn

The Vietnam-US relationship has experienced strong development across spheres, Anh said, expressing his belief that the bilateral relationship will remain stable in the time ahead, and be driven by the economic and trade ties.

For her part, Tai lauded the results of policy dialogues between the two countries through the TIFA, saying the two sides could seek satisfactory solutions to many economic and commercial issues for a short period of time, contributing to enhancing the two-way trade.

According to the MoIT, trade between Vietnam and the US hit a record of $90.8 billion last year, and they are working hard to raise the figure to $100 billion this year.

Over the past five years, Vietnam’s export revenue to the US surged 230 percent, while its import value was up more than 175 percent.

The US has become Vietnam’s biggest buyer and the Southeast Asian nation has emerged as the 10th largest trade partner of the US.

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