Hanoi seeks stronger cooperation with Utah, San Francisco

NDO/VNA – Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung met with the leaders of San Francisco city (California State) and Utah State during his working trip to the US, from July 15-19.

Mayor of San Francisco Edwin Lee said his city is willing to boost cooperation in trade and science-technology with Hanoi and San Francisco will continue to exchange information and build projects on connectivity with Hanoi and other localities of Vietnam, he said.

Lee suggested that Hanoi should focus on science-technology and education-training to develop a smart city, adding that the opening of a direct air route between Hanoi and San Francisco will create momentum for stronger bilateral cooperation and trade exchange.

Chung expressed his wish that San Francisco would serve as a bridge to promote trade between Hanoi and other US localities.

He requested that San Francisco shares its information on science and technology with Hanoi, saying that the capital city is taking the initial steps to improve policies on trade and science-technology, along with building a smart city and enhancing international cooperation and trade for the mutual benefit of all parties.

Working with the Uber Group, Chung said Hanoi could apply its technology for traffic management, and asked the group to obey all regulations under Hanoi and Vietnam’s law.

While visiting Salt Lake City, Chung and the Governor of Utah state Gary Herbert discussed directions to boost bilateral cooperation.

Chung briefed his host on Hanoi’s socio-economic accomplishments, as well as a number of issues that the city is facing such as clean water, the environment, healthcare, education, and infrastructure development.

He said Utah has advantages in agriculture, hi-tech industry, healthcare, and tertiary education and hoped that the state will share experience, transfer technology and cooperate with Hanoi in these fields.

Herbert said Utah and Hanoi shared a lot of similarities, which will create a foundation for stronger bilateral cooperation.

The Mayor added that he will have an opportunity to share experience and discuss specific cooperation directions with Hanoi during his visit to Vietnam in August.

Visiting the headquarters of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon), Chung thanked the church’s leaders and members for joining social welfare programmes in Vietnam and presenting houses to poor people in Hanoi.

During his visit, Chung visited Silicon Valley, the “cradle” of the world’s leading hi-tech groups such as Facebook, Google, eBay, PayPal, Marvell, and Intel. He also visited the Brigham Young University in Utah – the largest private university in the US which is leading in the fields of law, finance, business and accounting.

Earlier, the Hanoi delegation also held working sessions in Washington D.C, Virginia and Massachusetts states.

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