HCMC wishes to seek more cooperation opportunities with Netherlands


Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan leading a city high- ranking delegation visited the Netherlands. 

Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan visits the Vietnamese Embassy in the Netherlands

This journey is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s efforts to lure investment and learn experiences of the Netherlands in urban infrastructure management, educational and vocational cooperation.

Besides, this is considered as an opportunity not only to exchange experiences about building a smart city, artificial intelligence but also to share information and opportunities with businesses who have been interested in investment in Vietnam. 

On the occasion of the 129th birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh (on 19 May, 1890- 2019), the delegation burnt incense to commemorate the late President at the Vietnamese Embassy in the Netherland before a meeting with officials and the staff of the Embassy. 

The delegation burnt incense to commemorate the President at the Vietnamese Embassy in the Netherland

At the meeting with the city’s delegation, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Netherlands Ngo Thi Hoa reported on cooperation ties between the two countries through visits between senior leaders of the nations, aiming to tighten the relationship in past time. 
In the economic sector, the Netherlands is currently the Vietnam’s leading European trade partner with bilateral trade at nearly USD 8 billion in 2018; and largest European investor with the total capital of over USD 9 billion through more than 300 investment projects. 

Many Vietnamese products have been exported to the Netherlands via third countries which is a point to be paid attentions as if these products can be exported directly, the mutual profits of both sides will increase.

On the other hand, Vietnam and the Netherlands formally set up the strategic partnership mechanism in water management and climate change response in 2010, the strategic partnership on agriculture and food security in 2014.

The Dutch enterprises also desire to continue expanding cooperation with Vietnam in shipbuilding, logistics and smart urban areas, application of artificial intelligence, etc.

The Netherlands is a reliable partner for Ho Chi Minh City and nationwide enterprises.

This visit falls on a range of special events to mark the birth anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh and 50-year implementation of President Ho Chi Minh’s Testament.

On the occasion, the city Party chief congratulated and praised achievements as well as operations of the embassy in past years. In parallel, he also shared challenges and difficulties of Ho Chi Minh City; and desired to receive more and more assistances in calling for investment, solving current urgent problems of Ho Chi Minh City such as population growth and housing solutions, etc as well as strategic issues to ensure fast and sustainable development.

To fufill this aims, Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan desired that the ambassador and staffs of the embassy would continue supporting and promoting friendly cooperation relations between Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City and the Netherlands, especially in the fields of responding climate change and water management.

Ho Chi Minh City is ready for supporting the embassy to fulfill its political tasks assigned by the Party and the State.

Previously, Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan held a meeting with President of the Netherlands Vietnam Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam Joost Francken Peters to share information and investment opportunities in the locality.  

On the same day, the delegation had a meeting with representatives of Heineken Group, which is a joint venture between Saigon Trading Group (SATRA) and Heineken Vietnam Brewery Limited Company (HVN), has been operating in Vietnam for over 27 years and contributed about VND 49,000 billion to Vietnam.
The city leader highly appreciated effective investment results of Heineken Vietnam, and expressed his impression of environmental protection during its operation process, social and charitable contributions.