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HCM City, Hungary expand cooperation in various fields

Hannah Nguyen Hannah Nguyen

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December 18, 2020 | 15:19

Hungarian Consul General Szojka Éva Szivia pledged to intensify cooperation with Ho Chi Minh City in economy, education, culture, innovation and people-to-people diplomacy.

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HCM city, hungary expand cooperation in various fields
Art performance at the event. Source: hcmcpv.org.vn

The 70th anniversary of Vietnam-Hungary diplomatic ties (1950-2020) was marked at a ceremony jointly held in Ho Chi Minh City on December 17 by the city’s Union of Friendship Association (HUFO) and the Hungarian Consulate General in the city.

At the event, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association in HCM City Nguyen Quang Vinh highlighted the robust development of the traditional friendship between the two countries over the past seven decade. In particular, they lifted their ties to a comprehensive partnership in 2018.

As a result, bilateral cooperation has been promoted across the fields, from politics, economy-trade, to culture, education-training, tourism, and security-defence.

Vinh thanked the Hungarian Consulate General for its collaboration and support in organising people-to-people exchange activities in HCM City, contributing to enhancing the ties between the two peoples.

HCM city, hungary expand cooperation in various fields
Vice Chairman of the Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association in HCM City Nguyen Quang Vinh. Source: VNA

For her part, Hungarian Consul General congratulated Vietnam over its success in the fight against COVID-19. Although planned activities to celebrate the anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties could not be held due to the pandemic, the two countries can focus on cooperative opportunities in the future, especially in potential fields such as trade and education-training, she said.

She pledged to intensify cooperation with HCM City in economy, education, culture, innovation and people-to-people diplomacy, towards the fifth anniversary of the reestablishment of the Hungarian Consulate General in the city.

HCM city, hungary expand cooperation in various fields
Hungarian Consul General Szojka Éva Szivia presentes her credentials to and receives the Letter of Exequatur from Director General Vu Viet Anh of the Consular Department at the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Despite the pandemic, trade between the two nations still hiked in the first half of this year, amounting to 456.76 million USD, up 43.11 percent year-on-year. Vietnam’s exports to the European nation were mostly electronics and spare parts, transportation equipment, footwear and apparel while importing machinery and pharmaceuticals.

The two countries are facing difficulties in the disbursement of a 500 million EUR preferential credit package funded by the Hungarian Government. Only 60 million EUR of which have been disbursed for the construction of Can Tho Cancer Hospital.

Additionally, tens of thousands of workers lost jobs in Hungary due to the pandemic. Around 2,700 Vietnamese guest workers are in the European nation.

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Despite being affected as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event attracted the participation of approximately 80 delegates and guests from both nations.

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