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Brief information of Binh Duong's foreign friendship localities (Updated in Dec.2019)
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03/04/2020 | Thuy Linh

​BEGIC - In the recent years, parallel with foreign economic activities deployment and investment promotion, Binh Duong province has actively expanded its friendship cooperation with foreign partners, province and cities over the world. Currently, Binh Duong province has established the friendship cooperation with 10 foreign localities including Champasak (Lao), Kratie (Cambodia), GuangZhou city (China), Daejeon (South Korea), Emilia – Romagna (Italy), Yamaguchi prefecture (Japan), East Flanders province (Belgium), Eindhoven city and Emmen city (Netherlands) and Oryol Oblast (Russia).

1.      Kratie province (Cambodia)

  • MOU signing date: The friendship cooperation between Binh Duong and Kratie province bases on the relation between Kratie province and Song Be province (the preceding administrative unit of of Binh Duong province)
  • General information: Located in the East of Cambodia, area: 11,094 km2, population: 320,000 people.
  • Friendship cooperation activities:

+ 2015: signing MOU between Binh Duong Military Headquarter and Kandal Military on military cooperation.

+ June 2017: Prime Minister of Kingdom of Cambodia Hun Sen and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in working and meeting with Binh Duong officials, soldiers and people on the occasion of the 40th  anniversary of Hun Sen leaving Cambodia to seek help from Viet Nam against the Pol Pot regime.

+ 2018 &2019: MOU signing on military cooperation among Binh Duong and Kratie districts.

  • ​Investment projects: in the recent years, Binh Duong province has deployed various foreign economic with Kratie province and other Cambodian provinces; encourages and facilitates businesses to strengthen the trade, investment promotion and export to Cambodia. Phuoc Hoa Rubber Limited Company invested in planting 7,600 hectares rubber in Kratie and Kampongthon provinces.

2.     Daejeon Metropolitan City (South Korea)

  • MOU signing date: May 17th, 2005
  • General information: Daejeon Metropolitan City is the fifth biggest city of South Korea, has an area of 540 km2, and 1.54 million citizens. Being a sciencentific and technological city, Daejeon Metropolitan is the home of the big universitites, museums, technopolis, institutes of South Korea, is recognized as the silicon valley of Asia.
  • Friendship cooperation activities:

+ January 29th, 2007: MOU signing on enhancing the friendship cooperation between Binh Duong province and Daejeon Metropolitan

+ 2015: Daejeon City high-ranking leadership delegation (led by the Mayor and Chairman of Daejeon City Council) paid a visit to Binh Duong province and co-organized the 10th Anniversary Program of signing friendship cooperation between two localities with a series of activities: Inaugurated the Binh Duong - Daejeon Cultural Exchange and Economic Exhibition, Daejeon City Tourism - Health Promotion Workshop, Daejeon Study Abroad, etc

+ November 2, 2015: Signing a cooperation agreement on strengthening friendship and cooperation and celebrating 10 years of signing the agreement between Binh Duong Province and the Daejeon Metropolitan (South Korea).

+ 2014 - 2019: exchanging high-level delegations to Binh Duong and South Korea; 11 delegations of students sent to exchange and experience culture in Binh Duong and Daejeon city.

+ 2018: Binh Duong Province, Daejeon City and the Secretariat of the World Technopolis Association WTA host the 11th Session of the World Technopolis Association (WTA) and activities. celebrated the 20th anniversary of WTA establishment in Binh Duong province. The mayor of Daejeon City is also the Chairman of the WTA and the delegation in coordination with Binh Duong to co-host the WTA series of events in Binh Duong province.

+ 3/2019: The delegation of Binh Duong province paid a working visit to Daejeon city. Within the framework of a business trip, Binh Duong province, TP. Daejeon, Becamex IDC Company and K-Water Company signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the field of modernizing water-related works and developing Smart City.

+ In October 2019, the Binh Duong Province Delegation led by the Chairman of the provincial People's Committee Tran Thanh Liem, paid a working visit to and attended the WTA 2019 Conference in Daejeon City (South Korea) with the theme " Towards a Smart City from the Sustainable Context ". The forum provides an opportunity to explore diverse experiences and strategies for building a smart city. WTA 2019 conference in Daejeon city including Global Innovation Forum 2019; sessions: opening session, 03 plenary meetings, 04 thematic sessions, roundtables; 16th WTA Hi-tech Fair.

  • Investments:

+ 2005: 164 projects, $655 million worth

+ 2019: 742 projects, $3,149 million worth (a 578-project, 2,494-million-dollar increase from 2006)
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MOU signing ceremony between Binh Duong province and Daejeon Metropolitan City (South Korea)
3. Champasak Province (Laos)

  • MOU signing date: 13 November 2006
  • General information: Champasak Province has an area of 15,410 km2 and close to 700,000 locals. It is the center of southern Laos's provinces. Champasak has a vital geographic position influencing its economy, the East - West corridor and traffic from Laos to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam.
  • ​Friendship cooperation activities:

+ Thu Dau Mot University full scholarships are awarded annually to Laotian students, with 5 slots allocated each year from 2011 to 2015 and 10 from 2015 onwards. As of now, 84 students have been awarded the scholarship (79 from Champasak province and 5 from Sekong province).

+ 2011-now: 10 retired officials from Champasak are offered medical and recreational tours to Binh Duong every year. As of now, close to 100 former officials have travelled to Vietnam under this program.

+ 2016: A Binh Duong Province high-ranking delegation paid a working visit to Champasak to review the bilateral cooperation during the 2011-2015 period and meanwhile approved agreements regarding the 2016-2020 period.

+ 2017: A Laos high-ranking delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone paid a working visit to Binh Duong.

  • Investments:

The Dau Tieng Viet Lao Rubber Joint Stock Company's main accomplishments include planting 6,722 hectares of rubber, establishing a ceramic factory and mass-producing rubber latex collection cups well-suited to the company's and customers' demands. In October 2017, it introduced a rubber processing system consisting of 2 rubber processing plants compliant to Malaysian standards, an $8.5 million worth pair of production lines capable of manufacturing 10,000 tons per year, a $500,000 worth modern water purification system dealing with 2,000m3 of water per day at most and a $2.5 million worth wastewater treatment system with a maximum daily workrate of 1,500m3. A $500,000 worth quality control lab utilizing modern technology has also been inaugurated.

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MOU signing ceremony between Binh Duong province and Champasak Province (Laos)

4. City of Guangzhou (China)

  • ​MOU signing date: 21 August 2013
  • General information: The City of Guangzhou has an area of 7,434 km2 and a population of 12.7 million. It is a crucial political, economic, cultural, scientific center in southern China and one of the leading Chinese cities in industry, commerce, service, logistics and maritime transport. It is in proximity to Macau and Hong Kong.
  • Friendship cooperation activities:

+ 2/2014: A Guangzhou leadership and high-ranking delegation, led by Mr. Pan An, Deputy Secretary of the City of Guangzhou, participated in the Ceremony of Binh Duong New City Development Commencement and the Binh Duong Province Administrative Center Inauguration.

+ 2019: Binh Duong is expected to promote the cooperation with Guangzhou and more delegation exchanges are slated to take place.

  • Investments:

+ 2013: 56 projects, $108.3 million worth

+ 2019: 401 projects, $1,169 million worth (a 345-project, 1,061-million-dollar increase from 2013)
5. Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy)

  • ​MOU signing date: 16 October 2013
  • ​General information: Emilia-Romagna Region is situated in northern Italy and has the city of Bologna serving as capital. It stretches through 22,124 km2 of land with a population of approximately 4 million. It is one of the most prosperous region in Europe, being a major hub of mechanical engineering. Emilia-Romagna focuses on automated machinery supporting agriculture and industries such as automobile, shipbuilding, construction and fashion. It is also home to leading automobile brands, namely Ferrari, Ducati, Lamborghini and Maserati.
  • ​Friendship cooperation activities: 

​Binh Duong Province has held investment promotion seminars in Emilia-Romagna in conjunction with other regions of Italy.

The Emilia-Romagna Chamber of Commerce in Binh Duong has actively supported partnerships between enterprises of the two sides.

+ 2018: The Binh Duong Province leadership delegation paid a working visit to Emilia-Romagna and an MOU re-signing is expected.

+ 2019: MOU re-signing undergoes preparations as the bilateral cooperation had been effective for 5 years.

  • Investments:

+ 2013: 1 project, $3 million worth

+ 2019: 8 projects, $63.9 million worth (a 7-project, 60.9-million-dollar increase from 2013)
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MOU signing ceremony between Binh Duong province and Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy)
6. Yamaguchi Prefecture (Japan)

  • ​MOU signing date: 25 December 2014
  • General information: Yamaguchi Prefecture is part of Shikoku Island, possesses an area of 6,110 km2 and is populated by roughly 1.5 million people. It emphasizes development in industry, particularly supporting industry, automotive industry and various manufacturing disciplines. It also has a number of small and medium-sized enterprises, which facilitates the economy of Vietnam development mechanism and in the meantime the scheme of attracting Japanese investors set out by Binh Duong Province.
  • Friendship cooperation activities:

+ 8/2015: Yamaguchi Prefecture and Binh Duong Province exchange leadership delegations with working visits.

+ 2016 and 2017: The Binh Duong Province leadership delegation visited Yamaguchi Prefecture and organized investment promotion seminars oriented towards Japanese investors.

+ 2018: The Yamaguchi Department of Foreign Affairs delegation paid a working visit to Binh Duong Province and participated in the 2018 Horasis Asia Meeting in Binh Duong. Plans for the 5th anniversary of the bilateral cooperation in 2019 were also sketched.

  • Investments:

+ 2014: 273 projects, $4,820 million worth

+ 2019: 313 projects, $5,167 million worth (a 40-project, 347-million-dollar increase from 2014)
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MOU signing ceremony between Binh Duong province and Yamaguchi Prefecture (Japan)
​7. City of Eindhoven (Netherlands)

  • MOU signing date: 16 January 2015
  • General information: Eindhoven is the largest city of North Brabant Province. It has an area of 88.84 km2 and houses 750,000 inhabitants in its city region. Eindhoven ranks fifth among the largest cities of the Netherlands. It is well known as a smart city, a major technology center in Europe, meanwhile featuring various universities, research labs and large companies specializing in electronic appliances including Philips, Daf Trucks, etc.
  • Friendship cooperation activities:

Binh Duong Province, the City of Eindhoven and the Consulate General of the Netherlands in Ho Chi Minh City have jointly organized the Binh Duong Smart City Summit - Creating a Sustainable Future Together - (3/2016), Smart Cities - Triple Helix Seminar (12/2016) and Binh Duong Smart City Summit 2017 (11/2017), all with success.

Since 2015, 2 specialists appointed by the City of Eindhoven have been participating in the materialization of the Binh Duong Smart City plan with the Binh Duong Navigator 2021 strategic program. The work has been conducted since 2017, utilizing Eindhoven's Triple Helix model, with commendable results so far.

  • ​Investments:

+ 2015: 10 projects, $140 million worth

+ 2019: 41 projects, $1,073 million worth (a 31-project and 933-million-USD increase from 2015)

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MOU signing ceremony between Binh Duong province and City of Eindhoven (Netherlands)

8. East Flanders Province (Belgium)

  • MOU signing date: 14 October 2015
  • ​General information: East Flanders Province has an area of 2,982 km2 and is inhabited by 1.5 million people. It is one of the 5 provinces establishing the Flanders Region, a key economic region of Belgium and also Europe, owing to its concentration of logistics centers and major Belgian sea ports, namely the Port of Antwerp, Europe's second largest sea port.
  • ​Friendship cooperation activities:

+ 2018: The Wallonia Region Chamber of Commerce - Embassy of Belgium paid a working visit to Binh Duong Province as a preparation for a later Wallonia Region leadership delegation official visit to Binh Duong in 2019.

+ 4/2019: The Walloon Brabant Province leadership delegation paid a working visit to Binh Duong Province to strengthen cooperation between Binh Duong Province and Belgian partners.

  • Investments:

+ 2015: 1 project, $1.5 million worth

+ 2019: 5 projects, $39.2 million worth (a 4-project, 37.7-million-USD increase from 2015)
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MOU signing ceremony between Binh Duong province and East Flanders Province (Belgium)
9. Emmen City (Netherlands)

  • ​​MOU signing date: 17 November 2015
  • General information: The municipality and town of Emmen, located in northeastern Netherlands, covers 346.25 km2 of land and has a population of approx. 250,000. Its greater area, comprising the municipalities of Emmen, Coevorden, Hoogeveen and Hardenberg, is the strongest economic region in northeastern Netherlands in addition to sharing an international border with Germany. It is a hi-tech agriculture development region, an EU logistics hub and the largest industrial center in northern Netherlands.
  • ​Friendship cooperation activities:

+ 4/2017: The Emmen City leadership delegation paid a visit to Binh Duong Province and worked with Binh Duong officials.

+ 3/2019: The Emmen City leadership delegation paid a visit to Binh Duong Province, emphasizing bilateral cooperation in economics and culture.

  • Investments:

+ 2015: 10 projects, $140 million worth

+ 2019: 41 projects, $1,073 million worth (a 31-project and 933-million-USD increase from 2015)

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MOU signing ceremony between Binh Duong province and Emmen City (Netherlands)

10. Oryol Oblast (Russia)​

  • MOU signing date: 07 March 2017
  • General information: Oryol Oblast is a federal subject of Russia, of which the city of Oryol, 360 km southwest of Moscow, serves as capital. It has an area of 24,652 km2 and is home to 769,980 residents. Oryol Oblast is divided into 24 subdivisions, including 14 districts in addition to 7 cities and towns. Food processing, building materials, machinery (accounting for 30% of total Oryol Oblast productions) and light industries can be listed as its major industries. It also accommodates large companies specializing in engineering and electronics with modern technology and applied sciences in place.
  • Friendship cooperation activities:

2018: The Binh Duong Province leadership delegation paid an official visit to Oryol Oblast in an attempt to enhance cooperation between the two sides.

+ 3/2019: A Binh Duong Province leadership delegation visit to Oryol Oblast, including meetings with Oryol Oblast officials and Russian partners, is slated to promote trade with Oryol Oblast enterprises along with stakeholders from other regions.

Binh Duong Province and Oryol Oblast are executing feasibility studies for a provisional Vietnam - Russia Industrial Park in Binh Duong.

  • Investments:

+ 2017 - 2019: 3 projects, $5.85 million 

* Provisional cooperation schemes

With a view to broaden friendship cooperation with foreign municipalities and stakeholders, thus diversifying international relations and attracting more investments, in the near future, Binh Duong Province is to materialize MOU signings with parties including Friuli-Venezia Giulia Region (Italy), North Brabant Province (Netherlands) and Incheon Metropolitan City (South Korea).

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MOU signing ceremony between Binh Duong province and Oryol Oblast (Russia)

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