Mr. Nguyen Van Nen welcomed Shen’s visit, describing it as the first step for the two localities to strengthen their partnership in many fields.

He recalled difficulties that Ho Chi Minh City faced during the hard time when the fourth wave of COVID-19 hit the country, and the support from international friends, including China. Currently, the city is on its post-pandemic economic recovery period.

An overview of the meeting

Highlighting the similarities between Ho Chi Minh City and Hainan, Mr. Nguyen Van Nen said both act as an economic hub in each country.

Hainan is successfully implementing the free trade model, while Ho Chi Minh City is the center of Vietnam’s Southern economic region, he noted, expressing hope to receive the sharing of experience from the Chinese province and promote bilateral partnership in various fields such as high technology, health care, new and renewable energy.

Mr. Nguyen Van Nen said he hopes for more visits and direct meetings between leaders of the two localities and their departments in the future, enabling the two sides to share experience and continue to foster their cooperative and strategic partnership.

For his part, Shen congratulated Ho Chi Minh City on overcoming the pandemic and stabilizing locals’ life, and showed his impression at the growth of the city in recent years.

He said that since June 2020, the Chinese government decided to turned Hainan into a free trade zone. The policy has proved its efficiency, as the province has topped Chinese localities in terms of GDP growth. Hainan is also the leading locality in foreign investment attraction, he added.

Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen (right) presents a souvenir to Secretary of the Party Committee of China’s Hainan province Shen Xiaoming.

Shen said that in recent years, Hainan has seen breakthrough development in green energy economy, especially electricity vehicle manufacturing.

Commenting that Ho Chi Minh City is the most dynamic and developed locality of Vietnam, Shen proposed the two sides learn from each other and promote their collaboration in many areas for common development.

The two localities should resume their direct air route and bolster cooperation in tourism, agriculture, biotechnology, services and green economy, he suggested.

Source: VNA