Ms. Le Thi Thanh Giang presents a souvenir to Mr. Martin Maier. (Photo: TDO)

Speaking at the meeting, Ms. Le Thi Thanh Giang, President of the Can Tho city Union of Friendship Organizations, expressed her thanks to the Swiss Consul General for always paying great attention to supporting Can Tho city in its socio-economic development projects, especially those related to the health sector, over the past 30 years.

She added that the capital support for the city’s development project and the enhancement of adaptability has brought great benefits to the city, helping protect the city from flood risks, effectively serving local socio-economic development, as well as enhancing the capacity of the city authority in managing disaster risks and adapting to climate change.

According to Ms. Giang, Vietnam and Switzerland set up diplomatic relations 49 years ago. The year 2021 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. “Therefore, the city Union of Friendship Organizations wishes to coordinate well with Switzerland to organize this particularly important event in Can Tho city,” she said.

She went on to say that she hoped there would be more and more people-to-people exchanges between Vietnam and Switzerland in general, and between Can Tho city and Switzerland in particular, so that the two peoples can better understand each other.

She also called on the Swiss Consul General to encourage Swiss businesses to invest in Can Tho city, thus contributing to increasing the bilateral relationship in economic, trade, investment, education and healthcare.

At the meeting, recalling the good results of Swiss Ambassador to Vietnam Ivo Sieber’s visit to Can Tho city recently, Mr. Martin Maier pledged to continue supporting Can Tho city in projects that have been carried out, while continuing to invest in new projects in the near future.

He added that he was willing to serve as a bridge linking Swiss investors with Can Tho city’s science, healthcare and tourism projects./.

Compiled by BTA