Chairperson: Dr. Vien Doan

Can Tho became Riverside’s ninth sister city on January 20, 2015, making this relationship the youngest for Riverside. Can Tho is Vietnam’s fourth largest metropolitan city (population: 1.5 million), founded in 1739, Can Tho, whose name means river of poems, is located on the banks of the Hau, a tributary of the Mekong River. It is located about 100 miles from Ho Chi Minh City and is referred to as the western capital of Vietnam. It is known as the rice basket of Vietnam, contributing more than half of the nation’s rice output. The city is famous for its floating market and fish farms, and an agricultural sector that produces an abundance of tropical fruits such as jackfruit, mango and durian. Much like Riverside, Can Tho is focused on issues such as sustainability and the knowledge sector. It is also a university town, home to several institutions of higher learning such as Can Tho University, Can Tho Medical College, The Economic and Technical College, Vocational College, and the Mekong Delta Rice Research Institute.