Ho Chi Minh City and Indonesia increase links and mutual support after pandemic

Friday, 10/06/2022 17:39
Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen highly appreciated that Indonesia attaches great importance to developing relations with Vietnam, and so far Vietnam is Indonesia's only strategic partner in Southeast Asia.

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Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen presents a souvenir to Mr. Agustaviano Sofjan, new Indonesian Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: hcmcpv.org.vn)

He made the statement during his reception for new Indonesian Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City Agustaviano Sofjan, on June 10.

During the reception, Secretary Nen expressed his thanks for the Indonesian Consul General’s efforts to maintain the bilateral relationship when the two countries have always coordinated strictly at regional and international forums, especially in ASEAN, in order to confirm ASEAN’s central role in maintaining peace, stability and cooperation in the region and in the world.

According to Secretary Nguyen Van Nen, the relationship between Ho Chi Minh City and Indonesia in recent years has also developed. By the end of 2021, Indonesia had 56 investment projects with more than USD41 million, ranking 31st out of 116 countries and territories investing in Ho Chi Minh City, including successful start-up projects in services and tourism. Two-way trade reached about USD1.4 billion in 2021.

He added that currently, Ho Chi Minh City has basically controlled the COVID-19 pandemic and is focusing on speeding up the economic recovery after the pandemic, with a focus on developing supply chains, increasing economic growth, strengthening technology innovation and digital transformation, building smart city, gradually building an international financial center to create new driving force for socio-economic development and improving people's quality of life.

He expressed his hope that Ho Chi Minh City and Indonesia will have many activities to strengthen links and support each other in economic recovery after the pandemic, especially connecting markets, investment and tourism, innovative start-ups, promoting cooperation in the fields of digital economy, and developing logistics infrastructure.

He also affirmed that the cooperation relationship between Vietnam and Indonesia is very important for the prosperous development of the ASEAN Community. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN. “Ho Chi Minh City is ready to cooperate with the Indonesian Consulate General and the Consulate General of ASEAN countries to organize commemorative events,” he went on to say.

Indonesian Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City Agustaviano Sofjan thanked the city's leader for the interest and support in the Consulate's activities over the past time. In July 2022, the Indonesian Consulate General will organize a Business Forum in Ho Chi Minh City, thereby helping economic relations between Vietnam and Indonesia develop more and more./.

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