Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee Nguyen Van Nen and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman agreed that both sides should boost cooperation in energy, environment, hi-tech, and education.
Secretary Nen convened a meeting with the U.S. official on Sunday morning, as part of the latter’s visit to Vietnam from June 10 to 13.
As the national economic hub, Ho Chi Minh City wishes to contribute to fostering the Vietnam-U.S. relationship through cooperation at the local level, Nen said during the talks.
The southern metropolis welcomes U.S. investors, especially in high-tech, smart city building, healthcare, finance, infrastructure, and renewable energy, he said, pledging that local authorities will create favorable conditions for foreign investors, including those from the U.S., to operate in the city.
|U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman (C) talks with an environmentalist during her tour along the Saigon River in Ho Chi Minh City, June 12, 2022. Photo: U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City|
Sherman said that her visit marks a new milestone for the increasingly effective cooperation relationship between the U.S and Vietnam, and Ho Chi Minh City in particular.
She praised the positive outcomes of the two nations’ cooperation in various fields, adding she was really happy with the mutual support and collaboration in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The U.S. welcomes the Vietnamese government’s policy of clean energy transition, which will help the country reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, she noted.
Within the framework of her visit, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of State toured the Saigon River with local environmentalists to learn about the impacts of climate change and water pollution in southern Vietnam.
According to the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, the U.S. will work closely with Vietnam to achieve its climate goals.