Vietnam, Slovakia eye stronger economic cooperation

30/8/2022| 14:19

Statistics from the Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC) showed that two-way trade between Vietnam and Slovakia hit 1 billion USD in 2020 and that Slovakia had ranked 45th out of 135 countries and territories investing in Vietnam with 12 projects worth 140.8 million USD as of the middle of this year.

The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO) and the Vietnam - Slovakia Friendship Association in the southern metropolis co-hosted many activities to strengthen the friendship between people of the two countries, especially for the community of Slovakian people living in HCM City in late August.

Vietnam, Slovakia eye stronger economic cooperationMr. Bui Quang Hai, chairman of the Vietnam - Slovakia Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City speaks at the event (Photo: VNA).

On August 28, at a get-together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Slovak Republic's National Day (September 1) in HCM City, Mr. Bui Quang Hai - Chairman of the Vietnam - Slovakia Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City highlighted the tradition and the sound relationship between the two countries, saying that the diplomatic ties officially established on February 2, 1950 with Czechoslovakia, now the Slovak Republic over the past 30 years is the foundation for the friendly relations of the two peoples.

He stressed that in the past struggle for national independence and national construction, Vietnam had received practical and effective support and help from the government and people of Czechoslovakia in the past and now the Slovak Republic.

Former students and officials who studied and worked in Slovakia have become witnesses and served as a bridge for the good friendship between Vietnam and Slovakia, which is increasingly being consolidated and developed across multiple fields.

The Vietnamese community residing in the Slovak Republic has so far actively integrated into the Slovak society, becoming the 14th ethnic minority community of Slovakia and making positive contributions to the host nation.

Over the past years, the friendship and all-around cooperation between Vietnam and the Slovak Republic as well as localities of the two countries have continuously consolidated and developed well. As of the middle of this year, the two-way trade between Vietnam and Slovakia hit 1 billion USD in 2020, according to the Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC). By June 2022, Slovakia had ranked 45th out of 135 countries and territories investing in Vietnam with 12 projects worth 140.8 million USD.

Vietnam's Day 2022 Held in Slovakia 

Vietnam, Slovakia eye stronger economic cooperationAn Ao Dai performance at the Vietnam Day event in Slovakia (Photo: Vietnamese Association in Slovakia). 

The diplomatic ties officially established on February 2, 1950 between Vietnam and Czechoslovakia, now the Slovak Republic over the past 30 years is the foundation for the friendly relations of the two peoples.

In the past struggle for national independence and national construction, Vietnam had received practical and effective support and help from the government and people of Czechoslovakia in the past and now the Slovak Republic.

On August 28, the Vietnam Day in Slovakia was jointly held by the Vietnamese Embassy and the Vietnamese Association in the Central European country, at the capital city Bratislava, reported by VNA. 

The event, which was held for the first time in a large scale and had a special meaning in the context that the Slovak Government is to officially recognise the Vietnamese community as the country’s 14th ethnic minority group.  On this occasion, the Vietnamese community and Slovak local government organized a broad range of diverse activities introducing cultural features, cuisine, and martial arts of the two countries.

Attending the ceremony were representatives of leaders of many agencies and departments of host country, Ambassadors of many countries (China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Austria, Netherlands, Cyprus, Israel), and a large number of international friends and Slovakia; Vietnamese Associations and branches such as Women's Union, Veteran's Association, Business Association, Elderly Association, Youth Union; a large number of overseas Vietnamese are living, studying and working in Slovakia and all staff of the Embassy of Vietnam in Slovakia.

Deputy Ambassador and Trade Counsellor of the Slovak Embassy in Vietnam Marian Veres said that for Slovak people, Vietnam is an attractive country with great potential. He said that he has worked to recover and further beef up bilateral ties, especially in economy.
He noted that before the COVID-19 pandemic broke out, many Slovak firms showed interest in Vietnam, holding that this positive trend will return, so that the business communities of both sides will foster their partnership.

Also at the "Vietnam Day" ceremony, the Vietnamese community residing in Slovakia is to be recognized as the 14th ethnic minority in the Central European country, a testament to the active role and ability of the Vietnamese community to deeply integrate when studying and working abroad, said Vietnamese Ambassador to Slovakia Nguyen Tuan's statement.

Ambassador Tuan highly appreciates the role of the Vietnamese Association in Slovakia, affirming that the Vietnamese community continues to grow stronger.

Most notably, the community has received certificates of merit from the Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front for their achievements in mobilising donations to support victims of floods in the Central region. This is along with other efforts such as establishing the Vaccine Fund and providing medical equipment in order to prevent COVID-19.

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