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Friday, June 9, 2023

Conference aims at fostering joint cooperation between Vietnamese and French localities

Updated: 10:58’ - 15/04/2023
France is the only country with which Vietnam shares a mechanism of periodic and rotating conferences on localities’ cooperation, affirmed Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung at the opening of the 12th Vietnam-France decentralized cooperation conference on April 14 in Hanoi. 

At the opening of the event__Photo: VNA

Dung informed that up to now, a total of 18 Vietnamese and 38 French localities have engaged in 240 joint projects across various fields, including health, education, water-sanitation, heritage conservation, Francophone community, rural development and sustainable development.

He was also delighted to say that Hanoi, the host of the conference this year, is proud to be among pioneer localities joining the mechanism.

French Ambassador to Vietnam Nicolas Warnery said the event is highly symbolic, and expected to create a new impetus for the relationship between the two countries.

The diplomat adds that he welcomes increasing Vietnam - France joint cooperation in such areas as cultural heritage value preservation and promotion, wastewater treatment, and climate change.

Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Dinh Tien Dung delivers his welcoming speech at the event__Photo: VNA

Spotlighting the local collaboration as a driving force behind sustainable and comprehensive recovery and development post-COVID-19, the conference that is held on April 14 and 15, is expected to foster such ties and seek effective cooperation solutions to current global challenges. The number of members participating in the event comes to some 800 government officials, business executives and organization leaders. Four panel discussions are scheduled to take place, considering such topics as sustainable urban areas; environment, water and wastewater treatment; culture, heritage and tourism; and smart city and digitization.- (VLLF)

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