Thai Friendship Association, Corporations Thanked for Supporting Vietnam's Covid fight
|Ambassador Phan Chi Thanh presented the Certificate of Merit to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam to the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association and Thai business leaders. Source: Embassy of Vietnam in Thailand|
The Embassy of Vietnam in Thailand on September 14 held a ceremony in Bangkok to award the Certificate of Merit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam to Thai organizations and businesses for their contributions to the success of 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Thailand, especially in supporting medical supplies and equipment in the prevention of the Covid-19 epidemic in Vietnam.
On behalf of Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son, Ambassador Phan Chi Thanh presented the Ministerial Certificate of Merit to the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association (TVFA) and Thai corporations, including Thai Beverage, SCG, Berli Jucker, Amata Vietnam and B.Grimm Power.
The ceremony was also attended by representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand and Thai organizations and businesses, including: Prapas Vipobsophon, TVFA Vice Chairman; Thapana Sirivadhanabhakdi, President and CEO of Thai Beverage Public Company Limited; Roongrote Roongrote Rangsiyopash, President and CEO of SCG; Aswin Techajareonvikul, Chairman and CEO Berli Jucker Public Company Limited; Somhatai Panichewa, CEO of Amata Vietnam Public Company and Harald Link, Chairman of B.Grimm Power Public Company Limited.
The Vietnamese Government appreciated the contributions of the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association (TVFA) and five Thai corporations as well as their efforts to call for donations of medical equipment and materials to Vietnam during the fight against Covid-19 last year, said Ambassador Thanh.
|Delegates at the event. Source: Embassy of Vietnam in Thailand|
The awardees pledged to invest in projects in Vietnam with the highest sense of responsibility to bring benefits to its people, thus contributing to economic and trade ties between the two nations.
TVFA Vice President Prapas Vipobsophon said the association always facilitates trade and investment between the two countries' people and joins hands with the Association of Thai People of Vietnamese origin in Thailand to reinforce the friendship between the Thai and Vietnamese governments and people.
Thailand ranks ninth out of the 139 countries and territories worldwide investing in Vietnam, and second in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) after Singapore.
Thailand is also Vietnam’s biggest trade partner in ASEAN, with two-way trade reaching USD 18.8 billionlast year, up 18% year-on-year, the two sides are striving to raise the value to USD 25 billion by 2025.
However, Vietnamese investments in Thailand still remain modest, with only 17 projects worth USD 32.8 million. Vietnam also runs a trade deficit of more than USD 6 billion with Thailand.
On the morning of September 15, at the Office of the Governor of Bangkok, Ambassador Phan Chi Thanh led the delegation of the Embassy of Vietnam in Thailand to pay a courtesy call to the Governor of Bangkok, Chadchart Sittipunt.
The two sides agreed to continue promoting the resumption of delegation exchanges between city leaders and businesses and furthering strengthen cooperation activities in the areas of economy, trade, investment, tourism, culture and education. and people-to-people exchanges between Bangkok and localities of Vietnam.
|At the meeting with Governor of Bangkok, Chadchart Sittipunt. Source: Embassy of Vietnam in Thailand|
Earlier, on September 13, Ambassador Thanh urged Thai companies to continue investing in Vietnam, especially in high-tech and environment-friendly industries, at a working session with Thai Minister of Industry Suriya Juangroongruangkit.
He affirmed that the Vietnamese government is willing to create favourable conditions for Thai investors and supports the operation of the Thai Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam.
Thanh expressed his delight at the good development of the Vietnam-Thailand enhanced strategic partnership, suggesting the Thai official facilitate Vietnamese companies operating in Thailand, helping to promote investment, trade and tourism between the two countries.
He also proposed the Thai and Vietnamese ministries of industry review cooperation activities in the field of industry.
Concurring with the Vietnamese ambassador's proposal, Suriya said it’s time to promote bilateral cooperation in the industry. He noted that Vietnam is a bright spot in terms of attracting foreign investment thanks to its favourable investment environment, low labour costs and skilled workers.
Thailand is focusing on the bio-circular-green economic (BCG) model which gives priority to the development of the electric vehicle industry, he said, adding that it will be a potential area of cooperation between the two countries. He pledged to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese companies operating in Thailand.
The Thai official also said he hopes for support from the Vietnamese Embassy to strengthen cooperation between the Vietnamese and Thai ministries of industry in the future.
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