France’s city interested in promoting ties with Vietnamese localities

Tuesday, 16/05/2023 10:45
A delegation from the Vietnamese Embassy in France led by Ambassador Dinh Toan Thang has paid a working visit to Nantes, a western city of the European country, as part of efforts to promote cooperation with French localities.
Ambassador Dinh Toan Thang (L) and Deputy Mayor of Nantes Aymeric Seassau (Photo: NDO)

At the reception, Deputy Mayor of Nantes Aymeric Seassau highly appreciated the strong economic development of Vietnam and affirmed that Nantes wishes to seek opportunities for economic partnerships and form twin relations with Vietnamese localities.

He also highlighted the dynamism of the Vietnamese community in the Loire-Atlantique region and the Vietnam - Loire-Atlantique Friendship Association, who have held a number of cultural, sports, and tourism activities to help local people learn more about Vietnam, which he described as an increasingly modern and future-oriented country with a vigorous economy.

On this occasion, the Deputy Mayor gave Thang the original versions of two local newspapers that were issued in November 1968 and featured articles showing support for Vietnam in the fight against the US imperialists.

At a working session with member businesses of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Loire-St Nazaire region, the Vietnamese Ambassador introduced Vietnam’s economic development, demand and wish to develop cooperation with French enterprises, including those in Loire-St Nazaire.

Local companies in fields such as shipbuilding, health care infrastructure building, mechanics, agriculture, and food industry expressed their intention to learn more about the business and investment climate, potential, and chances in Vietnam.

Talking to the Vietnam News Agency, Ambassador Thang said the French partners and enterprises expressed their interest in enhancing economic ties with Vietnam to meet the two countries’ demand.

He affirmed that achievements in bilateral relations over the last 50 years provide an important basis for fostering economic ties, adding both countries hold rich potential and complementary advantages.

Mr. Thang said that local leaders also hope that the relations between the two countries as well as the relations between Vietnam and Nantes city and people-to-people cooperation will develop more strongly.

During the visit, the Ambassador also met with members of the Vietnam - Loire-Atlantique Friendship Association (AVLA) and visited a photo exhibition on Vietnamese women.

He highlighted the successful 12th conference on decentralised cooperation between French and Vietnamese localities last April, calling on the government and enterprises of Nantes and the AVLA to increase initiatives and projects on cooperation with Vietnam./.