HCM City, West Australia foster partnership

VOV.VN - Ho Chi Minh City has given heed to boosting partnership with Australian states, said Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem at a meeting with Peter Tinley, Minister for Housing, Veterans Issues, Youth and Asian Engagement of West Australia state in the city on April 22.

HCM City has so far set up friendship ties with Australia’s Northern Territory, and signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation with New South Wales, Liem said.

He briefed his guest on the city’s socio-economic affairs, saying that being the 17th largest foreign investor in HCM City, Australia has run 182 projects worth close to US$200 million and two-way trade touching nearly US$980 million.

Last year, HCM City welcomed nearly 310,000 Australian visitors, Liem said while highlighting great potential for stronger trade links between the city and Australia and West Australia in particular.

Vietnam’s opening of Consulate General in Perth city of West Australia will help connect the city and West Australia, Liem said, expressing his hope that the local government will continue supporting the Vietnamese community in West Australia.

Tinley, in turn, said that his first visit to HCM City as the role of the Minister for Housing, Veterans Issues, Youth and Asian Engagement is designed to expand partnership between his state and Vietnamese localities and enterprises.

West Australia has strength in liquefied petroleum gas and agriculture, and is ready to partner with Vietnamese agencies and localities, including HCM City, he told his host.

He assured West Australia’s readiness to create optimal conditions for the Vietnamese community as well as other communities to settle down in the state.