Gathering celebrates Hungary’s National Day in HCM City

“The young generation should be tasked to promote fine bilateral relations which have been built up over the past 60 years,” said Hungarian Minister Counselor to Vietnam, Varaljai Marton, at a ceremony celebrating the 60th anniversary of Vietnam-Hungary diplomatic ties in Ho Chi Minh City on February 3. He said that in addition to US$35 million in Official Development Assistance (ODA), Hungary will continue offering Vietnam some 500,000 euros each year to educate students in natural sciences, health care, agriculture and technology. On the occasion, Marton highlighted Vietnam’s increasingly important role in the region and in the world as well as the nation’s efforts to build a market economy and a new legal foundation to facilitate investment and international economic cooperation. Le Minh Triet, Chairman of the municipal Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association, thanked Hungary for helping Vietnam train over 4,000 people and expressed his hope the relationship would continue expanding to all fields, bringing about practical benefits for the two nations. Vietnam-Hungary trade grew by 34.5 percent annually in the 2005-2007 period, hitting a record US$100 million in 2008. Hungary mostly imported agricultural products, leather shoes, utensils and electronics from Vietnam. Hungarian businesses are now focused on tourism, information technology, healthcare, real estate, waste treatment and environment protection projects in Vietnam.... [read more]

Vietnam’s victory in its two resistance wars against the French and the Americans and its achievements in national construction and defence, are partly due to the support of international friends. Nearly 80 invitees, including former ambassadors to Vietnam and leaders of friendship associations and international non-governmental organizations, visited Vietnam to attend a ceremony marking the country’s 65th National Day. Some were visiting the country for the first time. The visit was a chance for them to get better acquainted with the country they have loved and supported, and for Vietnam to express its gratitude to them. Meng Yi Meng Yi, a former member of the Veteran Association in Support of Vietnam, recalled that 43 years ago, in 1967, she accompanied a Chinese antiaircraft gun group that was sent to protect Thai Nguyen province. At that time, she was just 16 years old and through newspapers and the radio she knew that Vietnam was being ravaged by American bombs. In China, late President Mao Zedong issued a directive pointing out that Vietnam was a socialist, comrade country of China and many Chinese youths volunteered to help Vietnam protect mines and production facilities in Thai Nguyen province. “We heard that President Ho Chi Minh worked there but we did not get a chance to meet him,” Meng Yi said. “Today when I see his statue, I remember him. Vietnam is an historic nation. Pallab Sengupta, General Secretary of the All-India Peace and Solidarity Organisation (AIPSO), said when he was student in the…... [read more]

The association was established in 1997 by more than 100 scientists, teachers and businesspeople who had studied or worked in Hungary. Since its establishment, the association has contributed to developing the traditional ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries. In 2010 it organised a meeting to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Hungary diplomatic ties and encouraged its members and businesses to raise nearly VND200 million for cultural exchange activities in Hanoi, Vung Tau and Ho Chi Minh City. Associate Professor Nguyen Dang Van, the association’s president, said around 5,000 Vietnamese people used to study or work in Hungary, of whom around 3,500 can speak Hungarian. There are now more than 4,500 Vietnamese people in Hungary. They serve as the bridge to promote cultural, scientific, technological and trade cooperation between the two countries.... [read more]

The event was attended by the Hungarian Ambassador to Vietnam, Vizi Laszlo, and 21 members of the executive committee. Participants agreed to step up exchanges of economic, cultural and education information amongst friendship and humanitarian organisations between the two capital cities and two countries in the future. They planned to organise cultural and sports programmes and trade and science workshops to promote mutual understanding between the people of Hanoi and Budapest in particular and those of the two countries in general. The Hanoi Chapter of the Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association now comprises nine branches that operate within the business circle, schools, media agencies and social organisations, with a total of 317 members. In recent years, it has actively engaged in friendship and exchange activities, making a significant contribution to improving the city’s people-to-people diplomacy.... [read more]

Founded in 1997, the Association was initially a gathering place for those who studied or worked in Hungary and it has now grown to 500 members, most of whom have lived in Hungary. Over the past four years, the association has joined hands with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations and the Hungarian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City to organize a variety of activities to maintain and develop the traditional ties between the two countries. Such activities included celebrations of the Hungarian National Day and 60 years of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Hungary, as well as welcoming a number of Hungarian delegations. At the congress, Hungarian ambassador to Vietnam, Vizi Laszlo, reviewed the long-standing traditional ties between the two nations and expressed his delight at their growing bilateral trade and economic connections Ambassador Laszlo said that three major Hungarian ODA projects worth 100 million euros will be implemented in Vietnam in the near future.... [read more]

Vietnam, Hungary boost ties between foreign ministries Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association marks 15th anniversary Ambassador Vizi Laszlo told State President Truong Tan Sang during a reception at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on May 21 that Hungary is willing to serve as a link for Vietnamese goods to penetrate the European market. Hungary is ready to share with Vietnam its experiences in the fields of new energy sources, electronic technology, culture, and education, Laszlo said. At the reception, President Sang confirmed Vietnam’s policy to develop its traditional ties with Hungary and other countries. Mr Sang expressed hope that the two sides will develop trade ties on a par with their political relations. Regarding international issues, the Vietnamese president thanked Hungary for having supported the nomination of Vietnam as a candidate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. He invited the Hungarian leader to visit Vietnam in the near future.... [read more]

Hungary’s National Day marked in HCM City Budapest plays host to ‘Vietnam Days’ The event, held by the Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association, was attended by Hungarian ambassador to Vietnam, Torda Eszter, as well as diplomats and officials from both countries. Chairman of the Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association, Nguyen Dang Vang, highlighted the recent achievements of both countries in economics, politics, culture, education, and science and technology. He spoke highly of the fine bilateral ties that have developed in recent years and said he believes that the Vietnam-Hungary relationship will continue to be strengthened in the future for mutual benefit, and for peace, stability and development in the region and the world. Delegates at the function discussed ways to promote the exchange of information and create closer links among businesses in the two countries. In recent years, the Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association has made significant contributions to enhancing bilateral ties, mobilizing support from organizations and individuals for poor students and Agent Orange victims in Vietnam.... [read more]

Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association (VHFA) Chairman Nguyen Dang Vang highlighted the achievements the two countries have recorded in politics, economics, , culture, science, technology, and education. He noted that the ties of friendship and cooperation between the two countries have developed well in various areas over the years through their high-level reciprocal visits. He expressed his belief that such relationship will further grow in the future in the interest of the two peoples and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the two regions and the rest of the world. VHFA representatives reviewed the association’s recent initiatives facilitating relationship-building between Vietnamese agencies and businesses and their Hungarian partners. The association has also mobilised its membership and sponsors to fund scholarships for children of Agent Orange/dioxin victims in Vietnam. Hungarian Ambassador to Vietnam Torda Eszter thanked the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and VHFA for co-hosting the meeting and wished the two organisations the greatest of future success.... [read more]

Addressing the congress, Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO), Nguyen Thi Hoang Van highlighted the Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association’s efforts to contribute to the development of the Vietnam-Hungary relationship. Van expressed a strong desire that the association would develop a network of friends and partners in Hungary and maintain relations with the Vietnamese community in Hungary, which has served as an important bridge fostering friendship and cooperation between the two nations. Van urged the association to diversify activities to attract more members and combine people-to-people diplomacy with the promotion of bilateral cooperation, especially in such fields as economics, trade, culture, education, science and technology. The Hungarian Ambassador to Vietnam congratulated the congress on its success and affirmed the embassy would actively co-ordinate with the Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association to implement cooperative programmes effectively to invigorate the relations among the two peoples. On the occasion, VUFO representatives also conferred ‘For Friendship and Peace among nations’ insignia on some individuals of the Friendship Association for their active contributions to people-to-people diplomacy.... [read more]

Ho Chi Minh City and Hungary have made great strides since the establishment of diplomatic relations 65 years ago and the Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association has played a highly crucial role, Quan said. In terms of economics, this year’s two-way trade volume has been projected to hit US$36 million, up 30% over 2013. HCM City has so far this year welcomed over 1,200 Hungarian visitors. Hungary has now run three projects and three company offices in the city. In March 2014, HCM City and Budapest signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation and are working towards areas of cooperation as agreed. According to Quan, these aforesaid results still do not live up to huge potential for cooperation between the two countries and between HCM City and Budapest alike. “HCM City will do its best to promote relations between the two nations and between localities in the near future. The City is greatly interested and willing to cooperate with Hungary in studying solutions for limiting the impacts of climate change, especially in the context that the city is evaluated as one of the most seriously affected areas in the world.” Quan told his host. President Janos Ader said the purpose of his visit to HCM City is to get to know about issues related to waste water treatment and clean water supply. Visiting municipal water plants showed that HCM City has outlined a proper plan for planning work and solving the problems of water supply and waste water treatment in the…... [read more]




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