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Ho Chi Minh City Delegation Paid Courtesy Call on Deputy Permanent Secretary for BMA and Met with BMA Departments

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On November 25, 2019, Mr. Khachit Chatchawanit, Deputy Permanent Secretary for BMA, welcomed the Ho Chi Minh City delegation led by Mr. Trần Lưu Quang, Member of the Party Central Committee and First Deputy Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, together with delegation from Ho Chi Minh City, totally 19 people, as well as diplomatic representatives from the Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Thailand such as Mr. Pho Hoang Han, Minister Counselor, and Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Anh, Third Secretary, at Amornpimarn Room, Bangkok City Hall.

In this regard, Mr. Chatree Wattanakhajorn, Director-General of Environment Department, Mr. Surart Jaroenchaisakul, Deputy Director-General of Traffic and Transportation Department, Mrs. Wasana Sinbenjaporn, Deputy Director-General of Drainage and Sewerage Department, Mr. Somboon Homnan, Deputy Director-General of Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, as well as BMA officials from Environment Department, Traffic and Transportation Department, Drainage and Sewerage Department, Culture, Sports and Tourism Department, City Planning and Urban Development Department and International Affairs Office jointly welcomed the delegation.

On this opportunity, Ho Chi Minh City delegation wished to strengthen the relationship of the two cities, including meeting with BMA departments on possibility of cities’ challenge resolutions and seeking for future cooperation establishment with Bangkok which contribute to city development in the future.  After a courtesy call, the delegation had a meeting with BMA authorities for which Mrs. Parnrudee Manomaipiboon, BMA Inspector-General, officiated as a moderator. The delegation learnt from Bangkok’s best practices on topics of flooding control and management in context of city development, tourism development strategies and night tourism service management, management experiences in relocation, resettlement for households living on and along rivers and canals, and practical experiences of urban development management along river and canal corridors.

During the meeting, the delegation took this opportunity to invite the Bangkok representatives to participate the International Travel Expo (ITE) which will be held in Ho Chi Minh City in September 2020. In addition, the delegation stated that the Ho Chi Minh City planned to organize a tourism road show to publicize and promote the city’s tourism to general public in Bangkok. To achieve the cooperation in the field of tourism, Ho Chi Minh City would like to further discuss with BMA authorities on the coming appropriate occasion. Approaching the last session of meeting, the delegation proposed the concept of establishing the Southeast Asia Cities Forum on Response to Climate Change in 2020 which was initiated by Ho Chi Minh City. Hence, the Ho Chi Minh City wishes to invite the cities of Southeast Asian nations to join and expects the members to rotate to host the forum annually.

Monday, November 25, 2019

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by Dr. Radut