Overseas Vietnamese In Germany Honoured For Outstanding Contributions
|Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Nguyen Minh Vu (second from left) presents a certificate of merit to representatives of the October Art Club. Photo: VNA|
The Vietnamese Embassy in Germany has held a meeting with representatives of the Vietnamese community in the country to honour organisations, individuals and businesses with outstanding contributions to the community and the homeland.
Speaking at the event, as reported by vietnamplus, part of a series of activities to mark Vietnam’s 76th National Day, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Minh Vu reviewed the relationship between the two countries, saying that it is developing very well in all fields.
Regarding the COVID-19 situation in Vietnam, the ambassador said the complicated developments of the pandemic, with the emergence of the more transmissible Delta variant, have forced the Government to impose social distancing measures to combat the disease in the context of a limited amount of vaccine, he said.
Vu said the embassy has focused on promoting vaccine diplomacy as well as calling on the federal government, states and business organisations in Germany to actively support Vietnam in the epidemic fight.
The Party and State always pay attention to, call on and create the best conditions for intellectuals living in foreign countries to contribute to the national development of Vietnam. Many Vietnamese have become successful in Germany and gained rich experiences in sciences and realities. This is a “soft power” of the Vietnamese in Germany, and the question now is how to further mobilize this valuable resource to the development of Vietnam in the new context, People's Army Newspaper reported.
Since 2020, the Vietnamese community and some German friends have supported the country’s pandemic prevention and control work with more than 300,000 EUR and some valuable medical equipment, plus 517,000 EUR in aid for people in the central region during the floods last year.
|Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Doan Xuan Hung hosted a get-together for Vietnamese intellectuals working and studying in the country in Berlin on November 30. Photo: VNA.|
It reflected that Vietnamese expatriates always look toward the homeland in difficult times, Vu said, affirming that the Party and State recognised and appreciated the important contributions of overseas Vietnamese to the homeland, especially during the current pandemic.
On this occasion, the ambassador presented the Certificates of Merit from the Foreign Minister, the Chairman of the State Committee on Overseas Vietnamese Affairs and the Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany to a number of organisations and individuals making outstanding contributions to the COVID-19 prevention and control and supporting flood-hit people in the central region.
Vietnam-Germany economic relations have achieved many impressive results in recent years. Germany is Vietnam’s largest trading partner in Europe, representing nearly 20% of Vietnam’s exports to the European Union (EU), and is also an important transit gateway for Vietnamese goods to the market. Two-way trade turnover reached more than US$10.24 billion in 2019, with Vietnam enjoying a trade surplus. Germany is a big market, consuming many Vietnamese products, including telephones, computer parts, footwear, coffee and farm produce.
For Germany, Vietnam is a potentially fast growing market in Asia. As of May 2020, Germany has 361 valid projects in the country with a total registered capital of US$2.06 billion, ranking fourth among EU countries and 18th out of the 132 countries and territories investing in Vietnam, as nhandan reported.
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