Government News 4/9

Ho Chi Minh museum opens in northern Thailand

Vietnam participates in embassy festival in Netherlands, HCM City hosts banquet to mark 73rd National Day

Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand Nguyen Hai Bang (L) and Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports Weerasak Kowsurat at the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Thailand's Phichit province 

The Ho Chi Minh Museum was inaugurated in Ban Dong in Phichit province of Thailand, 350km north of Bangkok capital, on September 1.

This is the third memorial site of late President Ho Chi Minh in Thailand, following ones in Udon Thani and Nakhon Phanom provinces.

The inauguration ceremony was held by the Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports, local authorities and the Embassy of Vietnam in Thailand, with the participation of about 300 overseas Vietnamese and Thai people.

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand Nguyen Hai Bang recalled that President Ho Chi Minh stayed and worked for revolutionary activities in Phichit province from July 1928 until late 1929. During his stay, he encouraged solidarity and the fight against illiteracy among overseas Vietnamese in Thailand.

The diplomat also expressed his hope that the museum will become a famous cultural and tourist destination of Phichit province and Thailand in general.

For his part, Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports Weerasak Kowsurat noted that the museum will contribute to deepening the friendship between Vietnam and Thailand.

Covering an area of 6,400 square metres, the Ho Chi Minh Museum, along with the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Site, is located in the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Centre in Phichit province.

Construction of the museum began in December 2013 at a cost of more than 30 million THB (about 915,000 USD) funded by the Thai government.

HCM City hosts banquet to mark 73rd National Day

Vietnam participates in embassy festival in Netherlands, HCM City hosts banquet to mark 73rd National Day

Chairman of the HCM City People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong speaks at the banquet on September 1 

Authorities of Ho Chi Minh City hosted a banquet on September 1 in celebration of the 73rd National Day of Vietnam (September 2, 1945).

The event was attended by Politburo member and Secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Phong, and Chairwoman of the municipal People’s Council Nguyen Thi Quyet Tam. 

It also saw the presence of foreign consuls general and their spouses, along with representatives of foreign consulates, economic-trade-cultural agencies, foreign business associations, and international and non-governmental organisations in HCM City.

In his speech, Phong said 73 years ago, under the leadership of then President Ho Chi Minh and the Communist Party of Vietnam, the Vietnamese people launched the great August Revolution to regain national independence and establish the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, now the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, opening an era of independence, self-reliance, freedom and social progress for the country.

The spirit and the will of the August Revolution helped the Vietnamese people weather all difficulties and challenges to win the struggle for national liberation and reunification three decades later and succeeded in national reforms and development over the last 32 years, he noted.

Phong added that joining in the country’s dynamic development, HCM City has continually made efforts to deserve the status of being the economic locomotive of Vietnam and the centre of the southern key economic region.

To achieve development targets, aside from potential and internal strength, the city also needs the close cooperation and wholehearted support from the international community, he said, noting that it will exert every effort to improve the investment climate and create the best possible conditions for businesses.

The official also thanked foreign friends for practically contributing to local development, expressing his hope that foreign consulates, organisations and enterprises will continue assisting HCM City in becoming a wealthy and beautiful locality.

On behalf of foreign consuls in the city, Consul General of Russia Aleksey V. Popov offered congratulations on Vietnam’s National Day, describing the September 2, 1945 as a great historical event marking the foundation of the first State of workers and farmers in Southeast Asia and also heralding the major achievements in the fight for national liberation and development efforts later.

He also congratulated HCM City on its attainments, noting that it has continually taken the lead in socio-economic reforms and clearly shown its role as an important gateway for trade, economic, investment, technological and cultural exchanges in Asia-Pacific.

The diplomat thanked local authorities for creating favourable conditions for foreign consulates to fulfill their duties. He pledged more efforts to consolidate the friendship and all-round cooperation between foreign countries and Vietnam, including HCM City.-VNA

Vietnam participates in embassy festival in Netherlands

Vietnam participates in embassy festival in Netherlands, HCM City hosts banquet to mark 73rd National Day

The Vietnamese booth at the festival 

The Vietnamese Embassy in the Netherlands joined the embassies of more 100 countries at the sixth festival for embassies in The Hague on September 1.

The event also drew a large number of tourism and foods enterprises as well as professional and amateur artists from different countries.

At the event, Vietnam introduced to international friends its traditional dishes as well as the country’s tourism, handicrafts and folk games for children.

Dancers from the Vietnam Students Association in the Netherlands also performed traditional dances of Vietnam.

The ASEAN corners, featuring foods and cultures of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, left strong impression on visitors.

Addressing the festival, The Hague Deputy Mayor Sakia Bruines said that the event aimed to highlight the similarity and integration of cultures around the globe. 

She said that The Hague is an international city for peace and a common house of embassies and international organisations.

According to the organisers, last year, the festival welcomed 50,000 visitors who enjoyed the diverse beauty in culture, tourism and cuisines of participating countries, contributing to fostering their cultural and economic diplomatic relations.

Film festival, photo exhibition introduce Vietnam to India

Vietnam participates in embassy festival in Netherlands, HCM City hosts banquet to mark 73rd National Day

Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh (C) addresses the event 

A Vietnamese film festival and photography exhibition introducing the nation and people of Vietnam were held in Film City centre in Noida city of India’s Uttar Pradesh state during August 30-31, as part of the celebrations of the 73rd National Day.

The event drew hundreds of audience members, notably including Vietnamese Ambassador to India Ton Sinh Thanh and India’s President of the International Chamber of Media and Entertainment (ICME) Sandeep Marwah.

Addressing the opening of the event, Ambassador Thanh said that the film festival and photo exhibition were taking place in the context of strong growth across many fields in the Vietnam-India relationship, especially after ties were raised to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Bilateral cooperation in culture has also received adequate attention, he noted.

The diplomat said that through this event, Vietnam excellently displayed the pressing themes of national integration and development, drawing attention to Vietnamese trade villages, festivals, cuisine, cultural heritage, and overall beauty.

A series of famous Vietnamese films, many of which have received domestic and international awards, were screened, giving Indian audiences a deeper understanding of the nation and people of Vietnam, in turn fostering the long-standing friendship between the two nations over the past 46 years.

Thanh affirmed that cultural exchange plays a significant role in strengthening mutual understanding among people of both nations, expressing his belief that the event will be a good start for further cooperation in film production between the two countries.

Speaking to Vietnam News Agency correspondents in New Delhi on the sidelines of the event, ICMEI President Sandeep Marwah said that the chamber had previously held a Vietnam-India film festival and will work harder to strengthen cooperation in the field.

He said that India, proud owners of the world’s largest film sector, has strived to access markets in all countries around the world.

Next month, he and an Indian delegation will join a Vietnamese film festival as part of efforts to strengthen cultural partnership.

ICMEI is a group of media and entertainment enterprises from India and many other countries. According to the chamber, India’s media and entertainment sector earns over 1 trillion rupee (about 14.1 billion USD) each year, with growth of around 12.5 percent year-on-year.

A report from the PHD Chamber and BnBNation of India said their cinema sector will enjoy a revenue of 238 billion rupee (about 3.35 billion USD) in 2020. India’s film industry, often referred to as Bollywood, is the biggest in the world, producing some 1,500-2,000 films each year. 

National defence officials visit South Africa

Vietnam participates in embassy festival in Netherlands, HCM City hosts banquet to mark 73rd National Day

Sen. Lieut. General Vo Trong Viet (L) and Deputy Speaker of the South African NA Solomon Lechesa Tsenoli 

A Vietnamese delegation led by head of the National Assembly (NA)’s Committee on National Defence-Security, Sen. Lieut. General Vo Trong Viet paid a working visit to South Africa during August 26-30. 

The delegation paid a courtesy call to Deputy Speaker of the South African NA Solomon Lechesa Tsenoli. 

During a working session with Chairperson of the South African NA’s Portfolio Committee of Defence and Military Veterans Malusi Stanley Motimele, the Vietnamese side expressed their wishes to facilitate high-level visits to further strengthen bilateral ties. 

The delegation said the Vietnamese Association of War Veterans appointed retired senior officials to its executive boards from central to local levels, serving as bridges among members. 

Both sides discussed measures to reinforce ties between the two committees and shared experience in monitoring the implementation of policies on national defence-security and war veterans. 

The delegation also held a working session with chief of the South African Police Services’ Serious Organised Crime Investigation Unit, Major General Ledwaba, during which both sides discussed the progress of negotiating and signing agreements on anti-crime, extradition of sentenced persons, and wildlife trafficking combat. 

The two sides underscored the need to strengthen their legal frameworks in order to consolidate the foundations for fighting crime in the future. 

The Vietnamese officials learned about the history of South African air forces, as well as the potential for bilateral ties and measures to help foster cooperation in the field during a working session with Deputy Chief of the South African Air Force M. I. Buthelezi.

The delegation had previously also paid a working visit to Singapore from August 22-25.

VN, Mexico share experience in personnel training, public administration

Vietnam participates in embassy festival in Netherlands, HCM City hosts banquet to mark 73rd National Day

Working session between delegation of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Faculty of International Relations under the National Autonomous University of Mexico 

A delegation of the Hanoi-based Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics led by its Deputy Director Nguyen Viet Thao paid a working visit to Mexico from August 27-30, aiming to exchange and learn from the country’s experience in personnel training, research and public administration.

The delegation had working sessions with representatives from the Matias Romero Institute, the National Institute of Public Administration (INAP), and the Faculty of International Relations under the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

The two sides agreed to intensify cooperation and organise joint seminars on international issues of mutual concern as well as strategic research and policy making.

The Vietnamese side recommended the Matias Romero Institute and the Faculty of International Relations consider providing scholarships for young lecturers of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics.

Thao and the INAP President also agreed to soon sign a memorandum of understanding on training cooperation in the field of public administration.

While in Mexico, the delegation also visited the Vietnamese Embassy and paid tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his statue in the historic centre of Mexico City.

Russian centre holds roundtable on Vietnam-Russia relations

Vietnam participates in embassy festival in Netherlands, HCM City hosts banquet to mark 73rd National Day

Director of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies Sergey Luzianin (L) and Director of the Vietnam-ASEAN Research Centre Vladimir Mazyrin 

Experts on Vietnamese studies gathered at a roundtable themed “Vietnam-Russia relations: Potential and Development” held in Russia by the country’s Vietnam-ASEAN Research Centre on August 30, in anticipation of  Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong’s official visit in early September.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the roundtable, Director of the Institute of Far Eastern Studies Sergey Luzianin showed his belief that the Vietnamese Party leader’s upcoming visit will help deepen the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership, especially in the aspects of economics, politics and humanitarian.

According to him, the bilateral political ties are at a high level of the strategic partnership. Vietnam is also the first country signing a free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), which is expected to help expand its relations with Russia in particular and five EAEU member states in general.

Cultural bonds have also been strengthened. Next year, for the first time, the Russia Year in Vietnam and the Vietnam Year in Russia will be held, creating opportunities to enhance the bilateral ties, he added.

As one of the leading Russian experts on Vietnamese studies, Director of the Vietnam-ASEAN Research Centre Vladimir Mazyrin provided the Russian press with an insight into Vietnam’s political system under the leadership of the Communist Party. He highlighted the personal prestige of Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and his leading role in the fight against corruption.

In the economic field, despite the appearance of new projects, it remains a difficult task for the two countries to raise two-way trade to 10 billion USD by 2020, he stated, stressing the need for strategic projects.

Considering the strategic partnership between the two countries, Russia should gain access to Vietnam’s strategic fields such as nuclear power and large-scale projects like subway transport, he added.

Discussions at the roundtable shed light into how the Doi Moi policy fuelled socio-economic development in Vietnam, turning the country into a “tiger of Asia”. Participants also agreed that an external policy on the principle of independence, self-reliance, peace, multilateral cooperation and proactive integration has improved the country’s image and created a favourable environment for its development. 

Vietnam’s upcoming hosting of the World Economic Forum on ASEAN was also mentioned at the discussions. 

Grigory Trofimchuk, Chairman of the Expert Council of Research Support Foundation “Workshop of Eurasian Ideas”, said that the role of Vietnam has increased in not only Southeast Asia but also the Asia-Pacific region and the whole world, as seen in the fact that the country has hosted many forums significant to economic development in these regions.

He added that therefore, the Russia-Vietnam-ASEAN relations will focus on not only ensuring regional security but also seeking measures to increase economic and financial benefits for all parties involved.

Vietnam participates in embassy festival in Netherlands, HCM City hosts banquet to mark 73rd National Day