Embassy works to forge Vietnam-Germany ties
(VNF) - On the occasion of the 26th anniversary of German reunification, German Ambassador to Vietnam Christian Berger, on September 28th, chaired a press conference reviewing the cooperation between Vietnam and Germany and confirming Germany’s foreign policy towards Vietnam in the future.
Vietnam is one of the important partners of Germany and the German Embassy in Vietnam will work hard to reinforce and further strengthen the relations between the two countries, the German diplomat has said.
Ambassador to Vietnam Christian Berger stressed his country and Vietnam has cooperated in many fields, especially in politics, economy, culture, culture, science and education.
German Ambassador to Vietnam Christian Berger (middle) at the press conference.
The sound relationship was also reflected through high-level visits of the two countries’ leaders, he said. This year, the Chairman of the parliamentary group of the SPD – one of the two biggest parties in Germany, Thomas Oppermann, visited Vietnam.
In January Reinhard Cardinal Marx, archbishop of Munich and Freising and chairman of the German Episcopal Conference led a five-member delegation visit to Vietnam, at the invitation of Vietnamese bishops.
While updating recent economic links between the two nations, Deputy Ambassador Wolfang Manig said with two-way trade hitting nearly USD 9 billion in 2015, Germany is Vietnam’s largest trade partner in the European Union (EU). In 2016 the trade exchange between our countries reached USD 10.3 billion with strong surplus for Vietnam. German exports to Vietnam have increased by almost 22 per cent.
He said he hopes that the free trade agreement (FTA) signed between Vietnam and the EU in February will facilitate bilateral trade links.
He expressed his wish that a bilateral commerce chamber will be set up in Vietnam with an aim of deepening the Vietnam-Germany strategic partnership.
Regarding development cooperation in Vietnam, the embassy’s counselor in charge of development cooperation, Martin Hoppe, affirmed that the field is a key part of the relationship between the two nations. Last year, Germany pledged preferential loans worth EUR 220 million within two years for development cooperation projects in Vietnam, mainly in vocational training, environmental protection, energy and green growth.
Thomas Lenferding, the counselor in charge of culture and education cooperation with Vietnam, said the Goethe Institute has worked hard to promote cultural cooperation between the two countries, while Germany’s educational institutions are active in introducing the German language in Vietnam’s schools.
Friendship exchanges, film festivals, concerts and art performances have contributed to tightening the two nations’ ties and fostering mutual understanding between their people.
Recently, the most valuable Vietnamese historical treasures found in the last 50 years, an exhibition entitled “Archaeological treasures of Vietnam” will be held in LWL of Archaeology Museum in Herne in October; in the State Museum of Archaeology in Chemnitz from January, 2017 and in The Reiss Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim.
These objects were selected from more than 10 different museums in Vietnam, reflecting the perse cultures from north to south will be transfer to Germany and bring to the public a more comprehensive spectacle over tens of thousands of years of history of Vietnam./.