Mai made the statement when receiving Arsjad Rasjid, Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) who is visiting Vietnam.

He said that Vietnam and Indonesia need to strengthen cooperation at the government and locality levels and between businesses to implement the five priorities that Indonesia chose for its ASEAN chairmanship year.

Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Phan Van Mai (right) meets with Arsjad Rasjid, Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Ho Chi Minh City on March 14.

The official said that SMEs and start-ups in the two countries can cooperate in digital transformation, digital finance, and e-banking.

Playing an important role in the region's agricultural production development chain and a healthcare center in the Southern region of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City is ready to join and share experience with Indonesian partners in food security, healthcare and disease response, Mai said.

He added that the city hopes to promote cooperation with Indonesia in human resource training, and people-to-people diplomacy to jointly contribute to the development of Vietnam - Indonesia relations and the ASEAN community.

For his part, Rasjid expressed his impression of the dynamic and strong development of Ho Chi Minh City.

He emphasized that as the ASEAN Chair this year, Indonesia hopes to further strengthen trade relations with ASEAN members, especially Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City, because the population of two countries accounts for a large proportion of the bloc.

Rasjid said Indonesia and Vietnam have favorable conditions to strengthen cooperation in areas including those relating to SMEs, carbon emission reduction, food security, medical research, and production.

Source: VNA