Speaking at the event, Chairwoman of the municipal VFFA Nguyen Thi Ngoc Dung expressed her delight at the growing bilateral ties over the past years, especially the France visit by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in March, during which both sides expressed wish to further deepen their strategic partnership and agreed to facilitate exchanges, especially those at the high level to improve the efficiency of dialogue mechanisms in diverse areas.

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French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Vincent Floreani

She said the HCM City VFFA has well performed its role as a bridge connecting people in the city and other French localities via development support projects, festivals, music and movie events, and scholarship grant.

This year, it will hold diverse activities such as the Vietnam-France cultural and friendship week, and debut a photo book celebrating the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and the fifth anniversary of bilateral strategic partnership, she said.

French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Vincent Floreani, for his part, said the anniversary takes place at a time when Vietnam and France are celebrating the 45th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties and the fifth anniversary of bilateral strategic partnership.

He pledged to work closely with the municipal VFFA to effectively launch cooperation programs, promote trade, investment and cultural ties to raise mutual understanding and bring practical benefits to both peoples.

France is now one of the leading economic partners of Vietnam in Europe and one of the largest suppliers of official development assistance to the country. As of late 2017, France ranked third among European countries and 16th among 114 countries and territories investing in Vietnam with 512 projects worth USD 2.8 billion.

In Ho Chi Minh City alone, France invested in 188 projects valued at more than USD 990 million.

Over the past years, France’s business projects, social development projects and collaboration between Ho Chi Minh City and Lyon city and Rhone – Alpes region in the fields of urban planning and lighting, and training have contributed to the common development of the city, and to Vietnam – France ties in particular.

Source: VNA