The trips aimed to foster the exchange of
delegations between Hanoi and major cities in ASEAN, thus tightening
friendship, towards 2020 when Vietnam takes over the ASEAN Chaimanrship.
During talks with Myanmar’s Yangon Chief Minister U
Phyo Min Thein on July 31, Toan wished the visit would contribute to
friendship between the two countries and cities.
He updated the host about Hanoi’s socio-economic
performance, administrative apparatus and development plans.
Min Thein said Myanmar is amending laws to attract
foreign investment and hoped to welcome more Vietnamese investors to Myanmar
Both sides agreed potential of collaboration between
Hanoi and Myanmar’s major cities remains huge.
They vowed to maintain regular visits and discuss
experience in urban development, tourism, cultural heritage preservation,
among others, as well as provide information about cultural – tourism
exchange and business opportunities via the Myanmar embassy in Vietnam and
Vietnamese embassy in Myanmar.
During a working session with Chairman of the Bandar
Seri Begawan Municipal Board of Brunei Haji Ali bin Mat Yassin, Toan said
the Brunei capital city’s experience in urban development will be a focus of
bilateral cooperation, and asked leaders of Bandar Seri Begawan to support
collaboration in the field.
Mat Yassin briefed the guests about Brunei’s
capital, its administrative apparatus and plans.
In Indonesia, the delegation on August 6 paid
courtesy calls on Deputy Governor of Jakarta Sutanto Soehodho and discussed
ways to boost bilateral friendship.
Both sides expressed delight at the progress of
bilateral ties since the signing of a memorandum of understanding on
friendship in 2004.
Soehodho said Jakarta contributes to 70 percent of
Indonesia’s gross domestic product but also faces challenges regarding
rising population, environment pollution, plastics waste and flooding.
He expressed desire to work with Hanoi and
international partners to seek proper initiatives and policies to
effectively deal with them.
The two sides debated policies on urban and
residential management, and education.
Concluding the meeting, they agreed to facilitate
all-level visits and people-to-people exchange, step up culture and tourism
coordination, and share experience in education, urban planning and
During the stay, the delegation paid fact-finding
trips to several economic and cultural establishments in the cities.
The Vietnamese embassies in Myanmar, Brunei and
Indonesia also expressed willingness to partner with Hanoi in its work with
the host cities.-VNA.