HCM City backs reopening of Czech Consulate General

Friday, 2018-04-13 21:28:57
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Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem presents a book on the southern city to Czech Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Vladimir Bartl. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO/VNA – Ho Chi Minh City will create the best conditions for the Czech Republic to soon inaugurate its Consulate General in the city, said Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem.

Liem made the confirmation at a meeting with visiting Czech Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Vladimir Bartl on April 13.

The official expressed his delight at the fruitful development of Vietnam-Czech Republic relations, which was reflected through the signing of several framework cooperation agreements on economy, investment, diplomacy, culture, and education.

An inter-governmental committee for scientific and technological cooperation set up between the two nations is an effective mechanism to facilitate and implement bilateral cooperation contents, Liem added.

He affirmed that HCM City wants to step up cooperative relations with the European country in line with both sides’ potential and demand, adding that it plans to work with Czech partners to further foster trade and investment ties in the coming time.

For his part, Bartl said that based on the traditional friendship with Vietnam, the Czech Republic expects to enhance partnerships between Czech and Vietnamese localities, including Ho Chi Minh City.

The minister said the Czech Republic wants to reopen its Consulate General in the southern largest economic hub of Vietnam to meet increasing demand of Czech businesses interested in the local market, and to spur collaboration in economy, tourism, and culture.

Informing his host on the outcomes of the Vietnam-Czech Republic business seminar held in the city the same day, Bartl asked the municipal authorities to create favourable conditions for Czech firms to implement their projects in the city, particularly in IT solutions, urban transport infrastructure construction, and food.

He also affirmed that the Czech Republic is committed to supporting Ho Chi Minh City in building wastewater systems, preventing floods and protecting the environment.