European Nations Seek Collaboration with Ho Chi Minh City for Sustainable Transformation

After examining the key areas of development in Ho Chi Minh City, European countries identified several strong areas for collaboration, including the promotion of green transition and the response to climate change.


Ho Chi Minh City and its European partners will continue to study and implement effective cooperation in the fields of economy, commerce, and investment. Leaders of the municipal People’s Committee and Ambassadors of European Union (EU) member nations to Vietnam reached this agreement at their meeting in HCM City on November 17, according to VNA.

Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee, Vo Van Hoan, emphasized the importance of the EU as one of the city’s most important partners. HCM City values and highly appreciates the support provided by EU member states for the city’s construction and development process, particularly in the area of green transition.

He expressed his wish for the EU to continue supporting development projects in Vietnam, particularly in HCM City.

Ambassadors of European countries have shown interest in areas such as climate change combat, transportation infrastructure, and creative startup ecosystems. Vo Van Hoan confirmed that these are also priority areas for the city’s development in the near future.

European Countries Want to Cooperate with Ho Chi Minh City on Green Transition
Vice Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee, Vo Van Hoan, and EU ambassadors pose for a group photo. Photo: Bao Phuong

HCM City hopes to strengthen cooperation with European partners in areas where they have strengths and the city has demand, such as green transition, digital transformation, climate change adaptation, innovation, and startup.

Hoan pledged that the city will do its best to ensure a stable socio-political environment, protect the legitimate rights and interests of investors, and create favorable conditions for foreign businesses, including European enterprises, to operate stably, effectively, and for the long-term in the city.

Ambassador Julien Guerrier, Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, affirmed the EU’s importance in its relations with Vietnam, especially in cooperation and assistance in transport infrastructure development, healthcare, education, and climate change response.

The EU member states highly appreciate HCM City’s economic potential and express their desire to strengthen cooperation with the city in the fields of economy, commerce, and investment, he said.

European Countries Want to Cooperate with Ho Chi Minh City on Green Transition
Ambassador Julien Guerrier, Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam (centre), speaks at the meeting. Photo: VNA

French Ambassador to Vietnam, Olivier Brochet, mentioned several areas of cooperation between HCM City and French localities, such as urban planning in HCM City and Saigon River planning.

Danish Ambassador to Vietnam, Nicolai Prytz, expressed his hope that HCM City’s leaders would provide more information about the city’s public investment disbursement plan in the near future.

Austrian Ambassador to Vietnam, Hans-Peter Glanzer, inquired about HCM City’s plans for renewable energy use and energy security in the coming period.

Ambassadors of Spain, Italy, Finland, and Sweden also expressed interest in key areas of HCM City, such as building a digital economy, healthcare, e-government, and financial center.

The diplomats stated that, after studying HCM City’s priority development areas, European countries have identified areas of potential cooperation, such as energy conversion and climate change response.

Hannah Nguyen