Ho Chi Minh City consul generals support Mekong Delta’s development

October 26, 2023 | 11:25
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Three consul generals based in Ho Chi Minh City – Susan Burns (United States), Sarah Hooper (Australia), and Ono Masuo (Japan) – visited Can Tho city from October 24 to 25 to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation and drive the Mekong Delta’s development.
Ho Chi Minh City consul generals support Mekong Delta’s development

During the visit, they engaged with Can Tho's leadership, Can Tho University management, top ecologists, and the local business community to emphasise their joint commitment to the Mekong Delta and the broader Indo-Pacific region.

The consul generals highlighted their bilateral and multilateral priorities during a meeting on October 24 with Secretary of Can Tho Party Committee Nguyen Van Hieu and Chairman of Can Tho People’s Committee Tran Viet Truong.

They also discussed how to strengthen cooperation between the three diplomatic missions and Can Tho to respond to the city’s needs on a wide range of important topics, including business and trade, energy, climate change, health, technology, and education.

“We are not only celebrating each of our bilateral partnerships with Vietnam, but also the collective impact when we work together,” US consul general Susan Burns said.

“Our three countries are deeply invested in Vietnam’s success. Its success is our success, and we acknowledge the critical role the country can play in ensuring regional security and stability. We will continue to respond to the nation’s needs and priorities, such as clean energy, climate resilience, agriculture, the digital economy, trade facilitation, health, and higher education,” she continued.

Australian consul general Sarah Hooper said, “Australia, Japan, and the United States share a commitment to an open, stable, and prosperous Indo-Pacific, where we can all cooperate, trade, and thrive.”

“We are making a positive contribution to the Indo-Pacific by delivering practical outcomes that respond to the priorities of Vietnam and the region, including to advance the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals,” she added.

Japanese Consul General Ono Masuo stated, “Japan has been providing official development assistance to Can Tho University since 1969 to boost agricultural and fishery production, as well as to tackle climate change in the Mekong Delta provinces and Can Tho city.”

“The tour demonstrates the great potential of various stakeholders coming together to bring new prosperity to the region while protecting the environment in creative ways,” he concluded.

Ho Chi Minh City consul generals support Mekong Delta’s development

On October 25, the consul generals visited Can Tho University to learn about each countries' partnership with Vietnam in the Mekong Delta to address climate change adaptation, pollution reduction and clean up, and environmental remediation and education.

In addition, they toured the Mekong River by boat with leading ecologists to witness the impact of climate change on local communities. They considered suggestions on how the three countries could best assist Vietnam and other Lower Mekong countries in promoting stability, peace, prosperity, and sustainable development.

Moreover, they visited The Interceptor 003, a joint Coca-Cola Vietnam and The Ocean Cleanup venture, with the capability of extracting 55 tonnes of marine rubbish and debris per day in the Can Tho River.

They also went to the Cuu Long Delta Rice Research Institute and saw facilities researching the establishment of a sustainable smallholder rice value chain in the Mekong Delta, funded by the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research in partnership with SunRice Group.

By Nhat Ha

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