|Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong (R) and Ambassador of Angola to Vietnam Agostinho Andre De Carvalho Fernandes (Photo: VNA)
As 2020 marks the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Angola diplomatic ties, Phong said Ho Chi Minh City is willing to work with Angola to boost cooperation in various areas, especially in trade connectivity and investment.
He added that the city is ready to strengthen collaboration with Angola in promising fields such as tourism, infrastructure and agriculture, as well as work with the Angolan Embassy to hold international symposiums, launch investment promotion programmes and connect businesses from the two sides, thus lifting two-way trade.
The Angolan Ambassador, for his part, said the Angolan Government always pays attention to developing ties with Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City.
Angola wants to further foster links with Vietnam in politics, diplomacy, economy and trade, he said, adding that the upcoming seventh meeting of the Vietnam – Angola Inter-Governmental Committee scheduled to take place in Luanda will create favourable conditions for the African country to further reinforce ties with Vietnam.
He called on Ho Chi Minh City’s firms to invest in agriculture, transportation, construction in Angola as well as share their experience in tourism and telecommunications.
Hosting a reception for the new Ambassador of Armenia to Vietnam Vahram Kazhoyan the same day, Phong said the city wants to enhance ties with Armenia via the exchange of delegations and popularisation of each other’s information and images to the two peoples.
The host expressed readiness to enhance investment in fields of demand such as information technology, electronics, automation, farm produce, cultural exchange, tourism and sharing of experience in administrative reform.
The Armenian diplomat said as two-way trade remains modest, Armenia wants to further develop connectivity between the two countries’ businesses.
He suggested that Ho Chi Minh City form friendly relationship with Gyumri, the second largest city of Armenia, and wished that the city and Armenia would facilitate visits, increase cultural exchanges and people-to-people diplomacy, thus contributing to traditional friendship between the two nations.