22.01.2021, 16:51

Da Nang leaders meet expats living in the city ahead of Tet

The Standing Committee and the People's Committee of Da Nang city on January 21 jointly organized a warm meeting with foreigners before the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday.

Da Nang leaders meet expats living in the city ahead of Tet

Several were honoured to receive an award for remarkable contribution to the city in 2020. Source: Da Nang newspaper

The event welcomed the participation of the city's leaders, representatives of foreign agencies and organizations in Da Nang.

Speaking at a meeting with foreigners in the city on January 21, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Trung Chinh briefed the participants on the general overview of Da Nang’s socio-economic performances over the past year.

2020 was an important year for Da Nang in accomplishing tasks for the 2016-2020 period, but during the year, the city faced many difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters, he stressed.

In the toughest time, Da Nang still prioritised investment in development and ensuring security, defence and social welfare, he said.

Chinh noted that the city still saw some bright spots in the year, including a year-on-year rise of nearly 38 percent in foreign direct investment (FDI), and a rise in public investment disbursement.

Due to increasing demand for medicine amid the pandemic, the city’s pharmaceutical industry enjoyed growth of over 44 percent. Many other sectors also saw expansion, including information and communications, finance-banking, and insurance, he said.

The municipal government chief noted that the above-mentioned positive results were partly attributed to the great efforts made by international organizations, experts and investors in effectively implementing many cooperative programmes and projects in the city, and hoped to continue to receive more assistance from foreign individuals, organizations and businesses during the recovery process in the city and the central region as a whole, Chinh said.

The chairman affirmed that while the traditional form of external activities is limited due to impacts of COVID-19, the city has still worked to broaden and strengthen friendship and cooperation with localities of countries across the world.

Particularly, the city has signed an agreement on setting up relations with a foreign locality online for the first time with Gold Coast city of Australia.

So far, Da Nang has established official cooperative ties with 45 localities of 20 countries and territories worldwide, he said.

Da Nang was honoured with the Vietnam Smart City Award 2020. Source: Da Nang newspaper

In 2020, Da Nang was honoured as a smart city of Vietnam, while its outstanding achievements in many areas were recognised, the official added.

He also highly applauded the expat community in Da Nang for their great devotion for the city's progress over the past year, taking the opportunity to ask them to continue joining efforts with Da Nang government and its residents to drive the post-pandemic economic recovery of Da Nang, and that of Central Viet Nam at large.

The most favourable possible conditions will be ensured for the expat community for their safe and better stay in Da Nang, pledged Chinh.

Also at the event, 36 foreign organizations and 14 individuals received Certificates of Merit from Da Nang People’s Committee in recognition of their great devotion for the city's growth, as well as their active involvement in strengthening international friendship, and humanitarian aid work in the city over the past year./.

Hannah Nguyen