Rotterdam and Ho Chi Minh City to boost cooperation in sustainable development


Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb visited the Vietnamese capital Ho Chi Minh City. The two cities are looking to further strengthen their cooperation, particularly in the field of sustainable development, port development and logistics, reports.

Ho Chi Minh City is one of Vietnam’s liveliest cities and a hub for commerce and culture. It has also grown to be a popular tourist destination for tourists from all around the world.

Mayor Aboutaleb stated: “Rotterdam and HCMC share similar DNA, each bustling with the energy of a business-driven shipping hub. Both sit on river deltas and increasingly challenged – by their relationship with water, these two port cities are on the front lines of climate change.’’

‘’I am delighted to see how fast growing HCMC has transformed since my last visit and also the incredible economic recovery after the pandemic. By this visit, I hope both cities can continue the friendship and partnership especially in exploring innovative, smart solutions to the urban challenges including climate change, water management, port development and social-economic issues such as creating jobs and recovery from COVID-19,” he continued.

Mayor Aboutaleb met with Mr. Phan Van Mai, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City, and representatives from the municipal departments to discuss the future collaboration.

During his visit, Mayor Aboutaleb also participated in a roundtable discussion on sustainable urban development with an emphasis on land subsidence, climate change financing, and boosting climate resilience. (photo credit: Gerd Altmann/Unsplash)