Authorities of the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho held a working session with Indonesian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Hanif Salim on October 4 to discuss the prospect of multifaceted cooperation in the near future.
Speaking at the event, Salim said both Vietnam and Indonesia are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum and many other regional and global forums and organisations.
Indonesia considers Vietnam as an important and promising partner with great influence on ASEAN, he said, adding that as an economic hub of the Mekong Delta, Can Tho is also an attractive business destination with incentives to lift economic and trade ties.
He also expressed his wish to boost agricultural collaboration with Can Tho, especially in key farm produce such as rice and fruits, and share experience in adopting technological advances in farming, controlling food safety and epidemics in animal husbandry.
The guest expressed readiness to transfer technology to Can Tho in farm produce production, processing and distribution, as well as hold training courses for agronomists, farmers and households.
Indonesia will encourage its firms to learn about business environment in Can Tho, thereby increasing investment in the city and adjacent localities in cultivation and processing, spreading high-tech farming models to churn out safe and high-yielding products, he said.
In education-training, both countries will enhance the exchange of lecturers and students to educational establishments in each side.
The Indonesian side shared experience in launching State-school-business linkage model to ensure that training will meet social demand, and holding seminars and exchanges to facilitate quality research.
It will urge tourism agencies, associations and firms to increase tourist arrivals and assist Can Tho in tourism promotion.
According to him, more and more Indonesian people have chosen the Mekong Delta in Vietnam as a destination to enjoy peaceful and idyllic landscapes and unique culture, notably Can Tho with many places recognised as national cultural heritages.
Salim suggested that Can Tho popularise Indonesia’s tourist attractions such as tropical forests of Sumatra and Prambanan temple compound recognised as the world’s natural and cultural heritages, respectively.
Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam agreed with Salim’s proposals, affirming that collaboration with Indonesia is one of the priorities in Can Tho and the Mekong Delta’s sustainable economic development strategies.
Nam pledged to improve business climate and administrative reform at all levels, and offer incentives to attract more Indonesian investors.
He hoped that the Indonesian Consulate General will help Can Tho hold regular meetings with Indonesian firms and investors to introduce local strengths and demand to partners.