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Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said at the conference with the theme of working towards an effective and sustainable economic partnership that France is one of Vietnam’s most important partners.

He said the two sides have established a comprehensive and extensive relationship not only at government level but also between localities. Many joint projects in urban management, environment, healthcare and education have been developed and brought positive outcomes.

Dam stressed that the conference took place immediately after the official visit to Vietnam by French President Francois Hollande, demonstrating the role and prospect of economic ties between the two countries’ localities.

Vietnam has maintained average economic growth of 6% a year for 25 years, ranking second worldwide, although the global economy has been volatile. The country hoped to post 6.7% this year.

Dam confirmed that Vietnam always creates favorable conditions for French companies to invest in Vietnam. He said the conference would help fuel cooperation between the two countries and their localities.

Vo Thanh Thong, chairman of Can Tho, said the event is meaningful to the friendship and partnership between the two countries.

At the conference, Vietnamese and French localities agreed to strengthen economic cooperation, especially in tourism.

Martine Pinville, French Secretary of State for Trade, Crafts, Consumer and Social Economy and Solidarity, said there have been 240 cooperative projects implemented with the participation of 19 French localities and 17 Vietnamese provinces and cities in the sectors of culture, healthcare, education, rural development, water management and sanitation, urban development and the  French language.

French and Vietnamese localities and enterprises will organize five workshops at the conference. Two of them took place on September 14, dealing with economic, tourism, educational and healthcare cooperation. The other three tomorrow will discuss climate change, agriculture and fishery, urban development and cultural cooperation.

The 11th conference will be organized in France’s Toulouse in 2019.

Vo Thi Hong Anh, vice chairwoman of Can Tho, said earlier localities of the two countries clinched seven cooperation agreements in education and training, healthcare and environment at the ninth Vietnam-France cooperation conference.

(Source: SaigonTimes)