French National Day marked in Ho Chi Minh City

NDO/VNA – A meeting to mark the 228th anniversary of the French National Day (July 14, 1798 – July 14, 2017) was held in Ho Chi Minh City on July 11.

The event was co-organised by the Ho Chi Minh City Chapter of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Association and the city’s Vietnam-France Friendship Association.

Speaking at the event, Chairwoman of the city’s Vietnam-France Friendship Association Nguyen Thi Ngoc Dung stressed that the relationship between Vietnam and France has developed strongly across various fields, including politics, economy, culture, society and people-to-people diplomacy.

She said cooperation ties between Ho Chi Minh City and France have also been expanded, proven by the investment of French businesses in the city and joint schemes in urban planning, urban lighting and education, between the city and the French city of Lyon and the Rhone-Alpes region.

According to Dung, the Association has served as a bridge connecting the people of Ho Chi Minh City and French localities through coordinating the implementation of development projects and organising festivals, photo exhibitions and presenting scholarships.

For his part, Emmanuel Ly Batallan, French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, was delighted by the rapid development of the Vietnam-France partnership.

He also pledged to do his utmost to strengthen the friendship of the two nations and foster bilateral trade cooperation and investment.

Currently, there are 492 French-investment projects, with total investment capital of US$3.4 billion, in Ho Chi Minh City. Trade turnover between the city and France has increased annually, reaching US$885 million in 2016.

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