The recently concluded World Cities Summit in Singapore last July 10 (Sunday) saw the agreement between the chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung and Seoul mayor Park Won Soon to boost partnership between the two cities in e-government, information technology, telecommunications and flood control while expanding affiliation in culture and education.

Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung said Hanoi is drawing up a development strategy until 2030 with a vision extending to 2050 and anticipates the cooperation with Seoul will assist with the city’s process of construction and development, especially in environmental protection.

1e3f93932763755474c31a4005e38d99 Figure 1: Hanoi People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung presents a gift to Seoul Mayor Park Won Soon. (Image source: VNA)

He asked Seoul to continue with its support for Hanoi in developing a modern city, including the development of urban areas along the Red River.

In addition, Hanoi has requested Seoul to help with the application of technology in administrative procedure reform towards building an integrated city, creating favourable conditions for residents and investors.

In August, Hanoi will send a delegation to Seoul to participate in activities to mark the 20th anniversary of the relations between the two cities.

For his part, Mayor Park Won Soon expressed his pleasure over the close relationship between the two cities, pledging that Seoul will share both successful stories and lessons learnt from previous experience in its development process with Hanoi.

The Mayor of Seoul noted his wish for more co-operation in the fields of culture, people-to-people exchanges and education and training.