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|Tran Trong Dung - Ho Chi Minh City Journalists Association President, Chairman of the Campaign Committee to establish Vietnam - Netherlands Friendship Association.|
A ceremony was held in Ho Chi Minh City on May 14 to celebrate the 48th anniversary of Vietnam - Netherlands diplomatic relations. At the event, a Campaign Committee to establish Vietnam - Netherlands Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City was launched, gathering the Vietnamese citizens who have been living in the Netherlands for many years.
Aim to become an active contributor to bilateral relations
According to Tran Trong Dung - Ho Chi Minh City Journalists Association President, Chairman of the Campaign Committee to establish Vietnam - Netherlands Friendship Association, the Netherlands is one of the first Western countries to have trade relations with Vietnam. Dutch traders are reported to do business in Dang Trong (Vietnam's nowadays southern part) since the early 17th century. 48 years ago, on April 9, 1973, right after the Paris Peace Accords was signed, the Kingdom of the Netherlands officially established diplomatic relations with the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (nowadays the Social Republic of Vietnam).
After nearly half a century, the two countries have built friendly and cooperative relations, which sets a typical example of a dynamic and effective relationship that is increasingly developing in depth. As a highly developed country, the Netherlands has implemented numerous cooperation and investment projects in Vietnam, focusing on environment, climate change, water management, sustainable agriculture, and food security. The two countries closely cooperate through international and regional regimes such as ASEM, ASEAN, EU, EVFTA. The Netherlands is Vietnam's leading trading partner. It has invested more than 7 billion U.S dollars into projects in Vietnam.
Dung said that the Vietnam - Netherlands Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City would become an active member in cooperating with other friendship associations in the city to develop people-to-people diplomacy.
|Huynh Dinh Thai Linh, Bexcamex World Trade Center CEO in Binh Duong.|
Build deeper love for the Netherlands through new missions
Huynh Dinh Thai Linh, who used to study in the Netherlands, now works as the Bexcamex World Trade Center CEO in Binh Duong, said that she had always loved the Netherlands for its beauty, people, and culture.
As she became a member of the Campaign Committee to establish the Vietnam - Netherlands Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City, she will further build that affection through new missions and projects such as connecting Vietnamese and Dutch businesses and non-governmental organizations, coordinating with 32 other friendship associations in the city union to develop diplomatic, economic, political, social and cultural relations. Notably, she has a plan to build a sustainable development strategy for the Vietnam - Netherlands Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City in an effective and substantive manner.
|Nguyen Quoc Phuong, Airports Corporation of Vietnam Deputy General Manager|
Form bridges to develop friendly cooperation
Joining the event, Nguyen Quoc Phuong, the Deputy General Manager of the Airports Corporation of Vietnam, shared that he had studied in the Netherlands for two years, which allowed him to travel through the country and learned that the Vietnamese and the Dutch people were both friendly, hospitable and hard-working. After returning to Vietnam and working for nearly 20 years, he now earns a high position in aviation - a field in which the Netherlands has strengths.
In the coming time, he and the other 100 members of the Vietnam - Netherlands Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City will become bridges to develop the two countries' friendly cooperation. In the field of education, they will support and connect international students, give advice on educational reform in Vietnam following the Dutch model. Phuong said he always looked forward to making meaningful and practical contributions to the Vietnam-Netherlands friendship across the nation in general and in Ho Chi Minh City in particular.
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