Local and international visitors stroll in the walking
zone surrounding the Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi's downtown. (Source: VNA)
Paris (VNA) – Hanoi always attaches great importance to comprehensive, effective
and long-term cooperation with the Ile-de-France
region in various fields.
Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Hoang
Trung Hai made the affirmation during talks with President of the Regional
Council of Ile-de-France Valérie Pécresse as part of his working visit to
France from September 14-18.
He said Hanoi particularly wants to cooperate with
the French region in urban planning and management, public transport, waste
and sewage treatment, clean water supply, air quality improvement,
preservation of heritage sites, tourism development, technology transfer and
The Hanoi leader praised the strength and
development of Ile-de-France, which is one of the four most influential
urban areas in the world, along with London (the UK), New York (the US), and
Since the establishment of cooperative ties in 1989,
the relations between Hanoi and Ile-de-France have been reinforced and
developed in numerous fields such as urban management, public transport,
environment, preservation of heritage values, and tourism, Hai said.
For her part, Valérie Pécresse agreed with Hai’s
recommendations and said there is still large room for the bilateral
In the coming time, Ile-de-France will continue
supporting Hanoi in traditional cooperation fields, especially within the
framework of the programme to improve Hanoi urban environmental quality
funded by the French Development Agency (AFD) for 2018-2021, she said.
The French region will make it easier for Hanoi’s
startup firms to work at Paris startup centres and arrange for successful
French businesses to visit Hanoi to exchange experience and encourage the
development of a startup community in Hanoi and Vietnam as a whole.
During his stay in France, Hai had a working session
with National Secretary of the French Communist Party (FCP) Fabien Roussel.
He also visited French groups and businesses
operating high-tech models in clean water supply, waste and sewage