Vietnamese Diplomat Pays Working Visit to the Largest Brazilian State

The visit aims to promote new cooperation potentials and strengthen ASEAN-Brazil relations.
May 02, 2022 | 09:27
Vietnamese Diplomat Pays Working Visit to the Largest Brazilian State
Vietnamese Ambassador to Brazil Pham Thi Kim Hoa (green long dress) at one of the meetings. Photo: Vietnam's embassy

Vietnamese Ambassador to Brazil Pham Thi Kim Hoa paid a working visit to Amazonas state on April 25-28, in the framework of the working programme of the ASEAN Committee in Brazil (ACB), reported VNA Sunday.

As the largest state of Brazil with 5.5 million square kilometers of forest, of which 98% of the forest area needs to be conserved, the Amazonas State Government focuses on sustainable production activities, developing a green economy for the purpose of conservation. common goal of economic development in the state of Amazonas and environmental protection, forest protection.

During the visit, which aimed to tap new cooperation potential in order to strengthen the ASEAN-Brazil relations, ACB representatives inquired into Brazil’s forest protection efforts using its own advanced technology, which contribute to forest fire control and fight against deforestation.

The ASEAN Ambassadors met and worked with the Secretary in charge of Environment and Sustainability in Manaus city, visited the Manaus Free Trade Zone (SUFRAMA), the Amazon Military Command (CMA), the Jungle Warfare Training Center (CIGS), Operations and Management Center of the Amazonian Protection System (CENSIPAM).

Besides joining the ACB delegation's activities, Hoa attended a meeting with the head of the State Secretariat for Economic Development, Science, Technology and Innovation (SEDECTI), during which the sides pledged to closely collaborate and bolster cooperation in trade, aquaculture, tourism and mining, among others.

The Vietnamese ambassador also visited businesses owning production chains that turn waste into energy.

Vietnamese Diplomat Pays Working Visit to the Largest Brazilian State
Through the visit, the ASEAN Ambassadors said that they have had a completely different view of Brazil's forest protection work, especially through the use of advanced technologies developed by the country itself, contributing to the protection of forests. supporting the control of forest fires, illegal logging and deforestation. Photo: Vietnam's embassy

Amazonas is located in the North of Brazil, is the largest state in the country with an area of 1,559,167,878 km2; bordered by Venezuela, Colombia and Peru in the North, Northwest and West respectively.

With over 4.2 million inhabitants, or 2% of Brazil's population, it is the second most populous state in the North and the thirteenth most populous in Brazil, of which 20 indigenous peoples live deep in the jungle. The territory of the Amazon is completely covered by the largest tropical forest in the world with 98% of the area preserved.

In April, a Vietnam-Brazil culinary festival was opened at Mezanino restaurant in Brasilia, marking the opening of activities to introduce Vietnamese cuisine at 14 well-known restaurants in the Brazilian capital city.

The event was jointly held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Brazil and the union of hotels, restaurants and bars (Sindhobar) of Brazil, and funded by Brasilia Bank, Brazil’s national vocational training center (SENA), and tobacco producer BAT Brazil.

It drew nearly 100 guests who are cooks at local restaurants, representatives from local hotels and reporters.

According to Sindhobar Chairman Jael Antonio Da Silva, the festival aimed to foster culinary connections between Vietnam and Brazil, and introduce unique Vietnamese dishes to Brazilians.

The 14 restaurants participating in the festival showcased Vietnamese dishes such as spring roll, pho (noodle soup), and bun cha (grilled pork with vermicelli). Visitors will also be able to enjoy dessert with fried banana cake and egg coffee.

Vice Governor of the Federal District of Brasilia Paco Britto thanked the Vietnamese Embassy for the idea of instructing local cooks on Vietnamese traditional dishes.

He also underlined that the event not only helps connect the culinary cultures of Vietnam and Brazil, but also deepens the mutual understanding and friendship between Vietnamese and Brazilian people.

Vietnamese Ambassador Hoa said that visitors to the festival will have a chance to enjoy special dishes with the unique taste of Vietnam, thus bringing cuisine and the nation of Vietnam closer to foreign friends.

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