Ho Chi Minh City, European businesses enhance co-operation

Tuesday, 2016-11-22 12:02:51
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NDO/VNA—Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong hosted Michael Behrens, the new Chairman of the European Chamber of Commerce (Eurocham), on November 21 to discuss plans for co-operation in construction and sustainable development.

Chairman Phong thanked Eurocham for its role as a bridge linking the city’s leaders and European businesses operating in the Southern economic hub.

Eurocham helped businesses to get an understanding of the city’s new policies and, together with other organisations of foreign investors in the city, developed a close link to help the city’s leaders to get opinions from firms, facilitating foreign investors’ operations in Ho Chi Minh City, he said.

He suggested Eurocham share experience with “green” construction projects in European urban centres, introduce energy-saving equipment using high technology and solutions to waste treatment.

Behrens, for his part, said European businesses are willing to share their experiences and wish to co-operate with the city during its process of building and implementing the smart city project.

Eurocham is ready to work together with Ho Chi Minh City in training high-quality human resources and receiving students to practice and work at European research centres and factories in Vietnam, he added.

He affirmed that European firms remain ready to join hands in dealing with issues such as the use of renewable energy, water resources management, liquid and solid waste treatment and urban transport systems construction.