Hanoi expands cooperation with ASEAN partners (22:05 13/08/2019)

HNP – A high-level delegation of Hanoi led by Deputy Secretary of the Municipal Party Committee Dao Duc Toan paid working visits to Myanmar, Brunei and Indonesia from July 28 to August 8.

Hanoi delegation in Myanmar.

The visit aims to consolidate the exchange of delegations between Hanoi and ASEAN capitals and major cities, contributing to tightening the friendship and promoting the cooperation towards 2020 when Vietnam takes over the ASEAN Chairmanship.

In Myanmar, the delegation had talks with Myanmar’s Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein on July 31. During the meeting, Deputy Secretary Dao Duc Toan expressed his hope that the visit would contribute to reinforcing the friendship between the two countries and cities.

He briefed the host on Hanoi’s socio-economic development, administrative apparatus and some development plans in the time to come.

Appreciating the visit, Min Thein said that, currently, Myanmar is amending laws to attract foreign investment while hoping that Vietnamese investors to Myanmar in general and Yangon in particular.

Both sides expressed their delight at the development of the long-standing traditional friendship between Vietnam and Myanmar.

They also agreed that potential of collaboration between Hanoi and Yangon or major cities of Myanmar is huge.

Thus, to boost stronger ties in the time to come, leaders of the two cities committed to intensifying exchanges and cooperation in fields of urban management and development, tourism, cultural heritage conservation, among others while providing information about market, trade – investment opportunities and cultural – tourism exchanges via the Myanmar Embassy in Vietnam and Vietnamese Embassy in Myanmar.

On August 1, the delegation had a working session with Chairman of the Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Board of Brunei Haji Ali bin Mat Yassin.


The delegation works with Chairman of the Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Board of Brunei Haji Ali bin Mat Yassin.


At the session, Mat Yassin briefed the guests about information of Brunei’s capital, its administrative apparatus and master planning to 2035.

Accordingly, the city would focus on preserving cultural values, protecting environment, ensuring traffic safety, improving the living standards and building a sustainable and diverse economy.

During its development process, Bandar Seri Begawan would be willing to cooperate and share experiences with Hanoi, Mat Yassin stressed.

For his part, Deputy Secretary Dao Duc Toan provided brief information of Hanoi’s socio-economic development to the host.

He said that Hanoi has gained remarkable achievements; however, it has coped with various challenges during its development and urbanization.

He underlined that the Brunei capital city’s experience in urban development will be a focus of bilateral cooperation while urging leaders of Bandar Seri Begawan to support bilateral cooperation activities in the field.

Toan took theoccasion to invite Chairman of the Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Board of Brunei Haji Ali bin Mat Yassin to pay a working visit to Hanoi to continue discussing cooperative contents in the future.

In Indonesia, the delegation on August 6 paid courtesy calls on Deputy Governor of Jakarta Sutanto Soehodho and discussed ways to boost the friendship between Hanoi and Jakarta.


The delegation pays courtesy calls on Deputy Governor of Jakarta Sutanto Soehodho.


Both sides expressed delight at the progress of the bilateral ties since the signing of a memorandum of understanding on friendship in 2004.

Accordingly, the two cities have carried out many concrete cooperation programs in fields of economy, investment, planning, culture and tourism.

Soehodho briefed the delegation about Jakarta’s issues and challenges in urban and residential management, infrastructure development, transport, health, and environment.

Currently, Jakarta contributes to 70% of Indonesia’s gross domestic product but also faces challenges regarding rising population, environment pollution, plastics waste and flooding, he noted.

He wished to learn about experiences from Hanoi and international partners to seek proper initiatives and policies to effectively deal with the above issues.

The two sides also had more discusses about policies on urban and residential management, and education development.

Concluding the meeting, leaders of the two sides agreed to enhance all-level visits and people-to-people exchanges, promote the cooperation in culture and tourism coordination, and share experiences in education, urban planning and transport.

In the framework of the visit, the delegation took trips to several economic and cultural establishments in the cities; and visited Vietnamese embassies in Myanmar, Brunei and Indonesia. They expressed willingness to support Hanoi in its cooperation with partners in future.

By Tran Huong

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