National Day celebrated at home and abroad

National Day celebrated in Canada, Mexico, Laos

Events to commemorate the August Revolution and National Day have been held in many countries around the world, including  Canada, Mexico and Laos.   

Nearly 300 people, including provincial officials, foreign friends and overseas Vietnamese (OVs) gathered at a celebration in Ontario, Canada on September 1 to mark the National Day.

Vietnam's National Day was celebrated in Laos

Vietnamese ambassador to Canada Le Sy Vuong Ha emphasised that September 2 1945 was a turning point in the nation's history.

He said Vietnamese nationals are always looking towards their homeland and contributing to national development in the fields of science, technology, economics, education, society and culture. They also actively take part in activities to support their compatriots in overcoming the impact of natural diseases and epidemics.

The Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Charles Sousa, and residents of Ontario sent a congratulatory letter to Vietnam on the occasion.

*** At an August 31 celebration to mark Vietnamese National Day in Mexico, Ambassador Le Thanh Tung praised Mexico's significant support for Vietnam during its past struggles for national independence and the current process of national development and defence.

Ambassador Tung cut the ribbon to open a photography exhibition entitled "Vietnam: the Land and the People" and introduced two books on the late President Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnamese revolution.

*** A wide range of activities was also held in Laos during Vietnam's National Day to help Vietnamese people in the country gain a better understanding of the day's historical meaning and the special relationship between the two nations.

HCM City celebrates National Day

A ceremony was held in HCM City on September 2 to celebrate the National Day (September 2).

Addressing the event, Le Hoang Quan, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, reviewed the glorious history of the nation. He declared that the victory of the August Revolution is still living proof that “nothing is more precious than independence and freedom”, as late President Ho Chi Minh said.

Under the sound leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam, headed by President Ho Chi Minh, the August Revolution ended hundreds of years of colonialism and a thousand years of feudalism to open a new path to socialism.

The HCM City Party and people are proud of their great contributions to the glorious victory, Quan said, expressing gratitude for those who laid down their lives for the cause of national liberation.

He said that since Liberation Day in 1975, the City Party Committee, administration and people have successfully upheld their patriotism and creativity to gain great achievements in the process of national construction.

HCM City has maintained high economic growth, improved the quality of its planning and management, and ensured security and social order, in addition to expanding international cooperation and consolidating its political system.

Quan said in order to achieve even better results, HCM City will maker greater efforts to implement its socio-economic plan, and maintain national security and social order.

Drastic measures will be taken to combat corruption, create a healthy business environment, and build a strong and transparent Party to serve the nation’s industrialisation, modernisation and international integration, he said.

On the occasion, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and leaders of the HCM City Party Committee granted Ho Chi Minh and State Awards, “Labour Hero in the Renewal Process” titles, and Independence and Labour Orders to outstanding organizations and individuals for their contributions the nation.

** On the same day, as many as 30,000 people paid tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum in Hanoi.

 National Day celebrated in Australia, Thailand, China

National Day celebrated in Thailand

Vietnamese embassies in Australia, Thailand and China held banquets on August 31 to celebrate 67 yeas of the August 1945 Revolution and National Day (September 2).

Addressing a ceremony in Canberra, Australia, Ambassador Hoang Vinh Thanh reviewed the major tremendous achievements Vietnam has recorded over the past 67 years since president Ho Chi Minh proclaimed the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, on September 2, 1945.

From an unnamed country on the world map, Vietnam has become a reliable, responsible, and dynamic partner in the international community. It has been making great strides toward building a wealthy people, a strong country, and an equitable, democratic and civilised society, he said.

Thanh noted that relations between Vietnam and Australia have developed well in various areas, including economics, politics and national defence and education. Australia is currently Vietnam’s eighth biggest trade partner and its 18th biggest foreign investor.

Peter Slipper, Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives, voiced his support for the friendly relationship between Australia and Vietnam, saying he believes that it will continue to grow in the future.

Earlier, the embassy played host to a golf tournament “Vietnamese National Day Open” to strengthen solidarity within the Vietnamese community in Australia, and increase friendly exchanges with diplomats from other countries.

*** At a get-together in Beijing, China, Ambassador Nguyen Van Tho stressed that under the leadership of the Communist Party, Vietnam has surmounted numerous difficulties to build a unified, independent and strong country.

Vietnam has made many impressive achievements of historical significance since it began the Doi Moi (Renewal) process in 1986, said the diplomat.

He highlighted major developments in Vietnam-China relations and confirmed that the Party, government and people of Vietnam attach great importance to consolidating and developing close ties with China, which is considered a top priority in the country’s foreign policy.

*** At a similar function in Bangkok, Thailand, Ambassador Ngo Duc Thang reviewed the major developments in bilateral relations through regular exchanges of high-level visits, and revealed that both countries will resume their joint Cabinet meeting and plan to raise their relationship to the status of strategic partnership.

He said Vietnam and Thailand have already convened the first meeting of the ministerial-level committee for trade cooperation, considering trade a key area of cooperation in bilateral relations.

Two-way trade rose to more than US$9 billion last year, making Vietnam the fourth biggest trade partner of Thailand in Southeast Asia.

According to the ambassador, Vietnam and Thailand still have great potential for future development, as their business communities are taking advantage of regional economic connectivity institutions, especially the ASEAN Economic Community due to debut in 2015.

Vietnam wants to cooperate with Thailand in regional cooperation frameworks, including the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS), Mekong River Commission, and Ayeyawady - Chao Phraya - Mekong Economic Cooperation Strategy (ACMECS).

Both countries have supported each other at regional and international forums, most notably in their candidacy for future seats on the UN Human Rights Council.

Celebrations were also held in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and India to mark Vietnam's National Day.

National Day celebrations

Various activities have been held nationwide to mark Vietnam’s National Day (September 2).   

At a meeting in Haiphong, Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee Duong Anh Dien spoke highly of the city’s efforts to fully implement the resolutions of the 11th National Party Congress, maintain social security and achieve a high growth rate.

Since March 2011, Dien said, the city has drawn as much as US$2.8 billion from domestic and foreign investors, especially those from Japan into its key projects.

** At another meeting in Ben Tre, Nguyen Van Hieu, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said the recent launch of major infrastructure projects such as Rach Mieu, Ham Luong, and Ben Tre 1 bridges will help speed up socio-economic development in the province.

For years, he noted, Ben Tre has maintained its local economic growth rate of over 9 percent. Per capita income in 2011 rose to VND23.6 million (2.7 times higher than in 2006), budget revenue hit VND1,100 billion, and the number of poor households dropped below 13 percent.

On this occasion, the Ben Tre provincial Party Committee, administration and people received the Independence Order, third class, for their outstanding achievements in national construction and defence.

 ** Many other provinces have also enjoyed National Day celebrations with all the traditional pomp and circumstance.