He made the statement while receiving Bodo Ramelow, Thuringen State Governor, on April 11th.

Mr. Nhan explained the importance of vocational training cooperation with the German State, as he said it would help boost the city’s socio-economic development.

According to Mr. Bodo Ramelow, Thuringen State has 10 specialised universities with 240 Vietnamese students. “The State is willing to train Vietnamese youngsters in different majors and hopes to receive a greater number of Vietnamese students,” he said, adding that it was looking towards giving vocational training in Vietnam for establishing production companies in Vietnamese localities.

Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh city Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan receives Bodo Ramelow, Governor of Germany’s Thuringen State. (Photo: SGGP)

He confirmed that the Thuringen State’s delegation visiting Vietnam, which included 70 businesses, universities and institutes, showed its seriousness on cooperating with Vietnam. He also asserted that there was huge cooperation potential between Thuringen State and Vietnamese localities, including Ho Chi Minh city. “The two sides can promote cooperation in high technology, water management and trade,” he went on to say.

On the same day, receiving Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, Mr. Nhan and the Dutch Minister stressed the challenges from climate change. According to Mr. Nhan, sea level rise and land depression leave the Vietnamese city facing flooding. Appreciating the Netherlands’ experience in flooding prevention, Mr. Nhan expressed his hope of cooperating with the Netherlands in this area, as well as in provision of safe water for residents and waste treatment.

Confirming that the Netherlands is willing to share experience with Ho Chi Minh city in addressing flooding and managing underground water, Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen added that the building of smart city, waste and waste water treatment would also create cooperation opportunities for the Netherlands and Ho Chi Minh city.

In 2018, two-way trade between Ho Chi Minh city and the Netherlands reached USD1.5 billion. There are currently 135 Dutch projects capitalized USD1.8 billion in the city, ranking the Netherlands 8th among 105 countries and territories investing in the city./.

Compiled by BTA