Hanoi strengthens ties with Ile-de-France

(VOV) - Hanoi Mayor Nguyen The Thao and Vice President of the Regional Council of Ile- de-France Roberto Romeo have pledged to strengthen bilateral ties in the coming years.

At a recent working session during Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s visit to France, the two leaders reviewed cooperative programs and identified specific areas of cooperation.

According to their memorandum of understanding (MoU), a meeting of the joint committee will be held in 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two localities.

The MoU is focused on urban planning, tourism promotion, heritage preservation, public transport development, water supply, solid waste management and environmental protection.

The economic ties between Hanoi and Ile-de-France region will be strengthened by closer cooperation in Hanoi’s modernisation and development projects.

As of November 2013, Ile-de-France will send a group of experts to work on the IMV project to support Ile-de-France businesses in promoting trade in Hanoi.

The two sides agreed to implement their plan to preserve the heritage value and raise the role and position of the capital city.

French experts will also help Hanoi build a bus lane below the No3 ring road as part of the public transport network and improve the management of urban railway and bus services.

In addition, the two sides will organise cultural events and business meetings to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.