A ceremony takes place in HCM City on August 8 to celebrate the ASEAN’s 50th anniversary (August 8, 1967) with senior officials of local governments and diplomats from ASEAN nations in attendance. (Photo: VNA)

HCM City (VNA) – HCM City looks
forward to closer ties between Vietnam, including the city, and ASEAN nations
and its partners for the prosperity of the region and the world, said Chairman
of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong on August 8.

Phong made the remarks at a ceremony in HCM
City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (August 8, 1967) with senior officials of local governments and
diplomats from ASEAN nations in attendance.

He said the last five decades have seen extraordinary
progress for ASEAN, with the bloc growing stronger, developing in scale and working
to foster regional and cooperation and to strengthen solidarity, mutual
understanding and trust between member states.

ASEAN is a key factor in promoting dialogue
and collaboration for prosperity and security across the region and the globe
by playing a central role at a number of regional forums like ASEAN 1, ASEAN 3
and the ASEAN Regional Forum, he added.

Phong went on the say that HCM City has
established relations with six ASEAN cities and provinces and engaged in
bilateral cooperation with other member states in multiple fields.

As of the end of July, there were 1,465
investment projects, worth 15.45 billion USD, operated by ASEAN countries in
the city, mostly in processing, manufacturing and education and training, the
chairman said.

On behalf of ASEAN consul-generals and honourary
consuls in HCM City, Indonesia Consul-General Jean Anes hailed the city for hosting
the celebration, describing it as a demonstration of the common awareness of the
significance of maintaining and fostering values of ASEAN.

The city’s Thong Nhat Conference Hall, People’s
Committee Head Office, Saigon Opera House, Central Post Office and Ho Chi Minh
Museum were lit up from 18:45 to 22:00 on the same day to celebrate the