|Local and international visitors stroll in the walking zone surrounding the Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi's downtown.
Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Hoang Trung Hai made the affirmation during talks with President of the Regional Council of Ile-de-France Valérie Pécresse as part of his working visit to France from September 14-18.
He said Hanoi particularly wants to cooperate with the French region in urban planning and management, public transport, waste and sewage treatment, clean water supply, air quality improvement, preservation of heritage sites, tourism development, technology transfer and high-tech agriculture.
The Hanoi leader praised the strength and development of Ile-de-France, which is one of the four most influential urban areas in the world, along with London (the UK), New York (the US), and Tokyo (Japan).
Since the establishment of cooperative ties in 1989, the relations between Hanoi and Ile-de-France have been reinforced and developed in numerous fields such as urban management, public transport, environment, preservation of heritage values, and tourism, Hai said.
For her part, Valérie Pécresse agreed with Hai’s recommendations and said there is still large room for the bilateral cooperation.
In the coming time, Ile-de-France will continue supporting Hanoi in traditional cooperation fields, especially within the framework of the programme to improve Hanoi urban environmental quality funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) for 2018-2021, she said.
The French region will make it easier for Hanoi’s startup firms to work at Paris startup centres and arrange for successful French businesses to visit Hanoi to exchange experience and encourage the development of a startup community in Hanoi and Vietnam as a whole.
During his stay in France, Hai had a working session with National Secretary of the French Communist Party (FCP) Fabien Roussel.
He also visited French groups and businesses operating high-tech models in clean water supply, waste and sewage treatment.