Leaders of Can Tho had a meeting with Hungarian Ambassador Ory Csaba on October 2 to discuss a Hungary-funded hospital project and the organisation of the European nation’s culture days in the Mekong Delta city.
Chairman of the Can Tho People’s Committee Le Quang Manh said the Hungary-funded oncology hospital project, with 500 beds and a total investment of nearly 1.73 trillion VND (74.5 million USD), is significant to the health sector of Can Tho and the Mekong Delta region as it will have the most cutting-edge equipment to not only provide treatment but also help with cancer prevention through early diagnosis.
Work on the hospital began in October 2017, and many facilities have been completed. However, he admitted, the progress is still lagging behind schedule because of many reasons, including those relevant the Hungarian side and legal procedures.
To accelerate the project, more equipment has been installed at the construction site and more personnel deployed, Manh noted, affirming that central agencies of Vietnam as well as municipal authorities have always kept a close watch on the project, and they hope that it will be sped up in the time ahead.
For his part, Ambassador Csaba said in case Can Tho or the investor needs help from Hungary, he is ready to join hands with the city to swiftly address difficulties to carry out the project on schedule.
At the session, the diplomat said his country wishes to popularise its culture in Can Tho in particular and Vietnam in general, and the Hungarian Culture Days, slated for November 15 – 22, will be an occasion to introduce the country’s images to local people.
At the approaching event, Hungary will introduce its tourism, cuisine, films, music and education; send businesses to Can Tho to seek investment partners; organise workshops on issues of common concern; and hold activities to twin the Vietnamese city with its Kaposvar city.
Notably, an exhibition of paintings by Hungarian artists will take place, Csaba said, extending an invitation to Vietnamese artists to participate in this exhibition.
Applauding the organisation plan, Chairman Manh emphasised the importance of cultural exchange between Can Tho and Hungary, noting that the city’s administration is willing to help the culture days be successful.
The official expressed his hope that in the coming time, the two sides will enhance their comprehensive relations, trade and investment. He also called on the European country to send business delegations to explore the local investment climate so as to further promote bilateral partnerships.