At the reception (Photo: hcmcpv.org.vn)

He made the statement during his reception for Mr. Troels Jakobsen, Counselor of the Embassy of Denmark in Vietnam, on July 1st.

During the meeting, Mr. Duong Anh Duc said that the two-way trade turnover between Ho Chi Minh city and Denmark reached nearly USD150 million in 2019 and is expected to see strong development after the Vietnam - EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the EU-Vietnam Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) go into effect.

Sharing the city’s future development orientation, Mr. Duc said that the city is very interested in development assistance resources from international investors and foreign businesses, including from Denmark. “The city is willing to work closely with Denmark in areas that Denmark is strong at such as education, renewable energy, environment and waste treatment, which are also areas of the city’s interest.

Regarding the financial programs introduced by the Embassy of Denmark as well as proposals to promote educational cooperation (STEM), Mr. Duc stressed that the city is ready to cooperate with Denmark in carrying out cooperative ideas between the two sides, expressing his hope that the cooperation will become specific projects in 2021 when the two countries celebrate the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.

Mr. Troels Jakobsen congratulated Vietnam for achieving positive results in the fight against COVID-19, making it one of the safest countries in the world.

According to Mr. Troels Jakobsen, Ho Chi Minh city is an important destination for foreign investors coming to Vietnam, including Danish investors. Introducing the Danish Sustainable Infrastructure Finance Program (DISF); the Danish Government Investment Fund (IFU) and the Danish Government Credit Fund (EKF), Mr. Troels Jakobsen expressed his desire to promote cooperation with the Vietnamese city in Denmark’s strong areas such as renewable energy, environmental protection, educational cooperation, and building of smart city./.

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