HCM City, Dak Lak Sign New Development Cooperation Agreement

Ho Chi Minh City and the Central Highland province of Dak Lak signed a new agreement for socio-economic development cooperation for the 2006-2010 period on May 7, the day the two localities reviewed their 2002-2005 cooperation development program.

Ho Chi Minh City Chairman Le Thanh Hai (C) visits a garment factory in Kon Tum Province, also in the Central Highlands, on May 7 (Photo: SGGP)

At the signing ceremony in Dak Lak, Mr. Le Thanh Hai, Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, said cooperation between the city and the province has so far been under their capacity and it could be more effective. 

He added Ho Chi Minh City would provide the city’s businesses with more incentives and capital assistance to invest in Dak Lak in the coming time. He said political stability in Dak Lak has ensured investment inflow to the province. 

On behalf of the city, Mr. Hai presented VND1 billion (nearly US$63,000) to the province’s charitable housing program. Viet Tien Garment Corp. donated VND150 million (about US$9,400) to the province’s charitable fund.

Over the past three years, Ho Chi Minh City and Dak Lak have carried out six cooperation projects in the province. They are the Biti’s Tay Nguyen Shopping Center, capitalized at VND7.6 billion, three cassava powder factories with a combined capital of VND70 billion, Thang Loi Garment Company’s factory with designed capacity of 1.2 million products a year, Sai Gon Beer’s factory, designed to brew 25 million liters per year.

The tourism departments of Ho Chi Minh City and Dak Lak have cooperated in organizing courses to train tour guides and many successful tours.

In terms of health care, hospitals of Ho Chi Minh City including Cho Ray, Tu Du, Nguyen Tri Phuong, and 115 have supported hospitals and clinics in Dak Lak in medical training and treatments. Doctors from Ho Chi Minh City have come to Dak Lak to provide free health care services for poor people.

By P.Th., M.N. – Translated by Tuong Thuy

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