PM lauds friendship role of Vietnamese community in Thailand

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on August 18 met with officials of the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand and the Vietnamese community in Bangkok, during which he lauded the community’s solidarity and mutual support to integrate into local society and contribute to the motherland’s development. >>> PM urges Thai firms to grasp opportunities in Vietnam He affirmed that the Party and State always pay close attention to overseas Vietnamese in general, and the Vietnamese community in Thailand in particular, while expressing delight at the growth of the community. Regarding the outcomes of his talks and meetings with the Thai leaders, the PM said that both sides shared their delight at the strong growth of cooperation between the two countries over the past 40 years, especially since the two sides set up a strategic partnership in 2013. PM Phuc said that he asked Thailand to continue creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community and issue passports to elderly Vietnamese citizens. Earlier the same day, the Government leader hosted a reception for President of the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association Prachuap Chaiyasan. Lauding the practical activities that the association has held, over the past few years, to boost the traditional friendship between the two countries, the PM said that Vietnam always attaches great importance to people-to-people diplomacy. He said he hopes the association will continue its efforts to strengthen tourism collaboration between the two countries, while helping connecting investors of both sides. Prachuap Chaiyasan hailed…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on August 18 met with officials of the Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand and the Vietnamese community in Bangkok, during which he lauded the community’s solidarity and mutual support to integrate into local society and contribute to the motherland’s development. >>> PM urges Thai firms to grasp opportunities in Vietnam He affirmed that the Party and State always pay close attention to overseas Vietnamese in general, and the Vietnamese community in Thailand in particular, while expressing delight at the growth of the community. Regarding the outcomes of his talks and meetings with the Thai leaders, the PM said that both sides shared their delight at the strong growth of cooperation between the two countries over the past 40 years, especially since the two sides set up a strategic partnership in 2013. PM Phuc said that he asked Thailand to continue creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community and issue passports to elderly Vietnamese citizens. Earlier the same day, the Government leader hosted a reception for President of the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association Prachuap Chaiyasan. Lauding the practical activities that the association has held, over the past few years, to boost the traditional friendship between the two countries, the PM said that Vietnam always attaches great importance to people-to-people diplomacy. He said he hopes the association will continue its efforts to strengthen tourism collaboration between the two countries, while helping connecting investors of both sides. Prachuap Chaiyasan hailed…... [read more]

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrives in Bangkok to start a three-day official visit to Thailand (Source: VNA) Bangkok (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, his spouse and a high-level Vietnamese delegation arrived in Bangkok on August 17 afternoon to begin a three-day official visit to Thailand. Phuc is scheduled to hold talks with his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-ocha and meet with senior officials as well as receive the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association’s officials and visit the Embassy of Vietnam in Thailand. In Bangkok, the PM will address an opening ceremony of the Vietnam-Thailand business forum and attend the Vietnamese goods week at the Lad Prao trade centre. He is expected to host leaders of leading Thai businesses. The PM is also due to visit Nakhon Phanom province in the north-eastern region of Thailand.   [Vietnam aims for deeper relations with Thailand through PM’s visit] On the occasion, the daily Bangkok Post carried a story titled “Thailand and Vietnam: Stronger together” by journalist Kavi Chongkittavorn, saying “In ASEAN, Vietnam is Thailand’s only strategic partner.” The journalist highlighted the historical relations between the two countries and commented the bilateral friendship has been reinforced and developed since Vietnam joined the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 1995. The two sides have increased cooperation in all fields, the journalist said, adding that “Vietnam has taken the high road, quickly expanding the country's foreign trade relations, emerging as the region's most internationally connected, with 17…... [read more]

In a keynote address, Vietnam Ambassador to Thailand Nguyen Tat Thanh said both nations have been implementing a five-year action plan aimed at protecting the environment and natural resources. Most importantly, Thanh said ensuring security, safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea was a top priority of their vision for management and sustainability of the region’s waterways. Deputy Director Patcharawalai Wongboonsin of the ASEAN Studies Centre in turn emphasized that it was important for the two nations to assess their cooperation in light of the real situation and ASEAN in a well thought out and coordinated fashion. At the event, panelists discussed ASEAN’s regional strategies and potential systematized actions towards sustainable management of natural resources and the maritime environment for the benefits of both nations and the whole region. On the sidelines of the event, Ambassador Thanh and President of Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association Prachuab Chaiyasan cut the ribbon opening a one-week photo exhibition on Vietnam’s sea and islands.... [read more]

VOV: Could you please review important landmarks in diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Thailand during the 30 past years? Mr Hung: The last 30 years has been a path of great historic significance for Vietnam-Thailand relations as we have witnessed drastic changes. Since the mid 1990s, in accordance with positive changes in the regional situation, bilateral relations have developed rapidly and strongly. Mutual understanding and multi-faceted cooperation have been strengthened bilaterally and multilaterally. In August, 1976 the two countries officially established diplomatic ties and opened embassies in each capital city in early 1978. Between 1992-1998, many visits were conducted between high-ranking delegations from each country. The most prominent event was the 1993 official Thailand visit by former Party General Secretary Do Muoi and the 1998 official visit to Thailand by former State President Tran Duc Luong. The Thai Prince and Princess also visited Vietnam in 1992 and 1997 respectively. During such visits, numerous cooperative agreements were signed. To date, the two countries signed more than 30 agreements and memoranda of understanding (MoUs). Among those worthy of note was the sea border demarcation agreement signed on August 9, 1997. The signing of such agreements and MoUs havs significantly contributed to promoting bilateral cooperation in various fields and many prolonged pending issues have been resolved. In early 2004, the two countries successfully organised the first joint cabinet meeting in order to build a new cooperative mechanism between the two governments. On this occasion, the two sides also signed a joint statement on…... [read more]

Addressing the function held by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and the Vietnam-Thailand Friendship Organisation, Ta Quang Ngoc, Chairman of the Vietnam-Thailand Friendship Organisation, reviewed the friendship and cooperation between the two countries over the past 35 years, highlighting significant steps of development in bilateral economic ties and trade. The two countries increased economic links within the frameworks of sub-regional cooperation and ASEAN. Along with promoting bilateral cooperation in politics, economics, culture, science-technology, people-to-people relations have been boosted, bringing practical efficiency in recent years. Thai Ambassador to Vietnam Anuson Chinvanno noted the similarities in culture, lifestyle and thinking of Thailand and Vietnam, describing them as an important foundation to help rapid development in bilateral cooperation in many fields to benefit the two countries’ people, particularly in trade, investment and tourism. Vietnam was Thailand’s fourth most important trading partner among ASEAN countries and ninth in the world. Thais continued to invest in Vietnam, bringing the total investment in the neighbouring country to US$5.8 billion. Thailand now ranked tenth among countries investing in Vietnam. Additionally, in 2010, about 400,000 Vietnamese people visited Thailand and about 240,000 Thai visitors arrived in Vietnam. Also on the same day in Hanoi , the Vietnam-Thailand Friendship Association and the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association held their second joint meeting to review each society’s operations and propose joint activities to promote the relations, increase friendship and mutual understanding between the two people and the two countries. The associations agreed to maintain and accelerate activities on the occasion of…... [read more]

The agreement was reached after Party leader Nguyen Phu Trong arrived in Bangkok on June 25 for a three-day official visit to Thailand at the invitation of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. This is the first Thailand visit by a Vietnamese Party General Secretary since his predecessor Do Muoi set foot in the country 20 years ago. On June 26, Trong is scheduled to meet with the Speaker of the Thai Parliament and the President of the Senate of Thailand and receive representatives from the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association and the Thailand-Vietnam Business Association. Some images of the Vietnamese delegation’s major activities in Thailand on the first day of their visit:... [read more]

The view was shared by Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City’s People Committee Le Hoang Quan and President of the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association (TVFA) Prachuab Chaiyasan at a meeting in HCM City on October 28. Prachuab Chaiyasan said the recent establishment of the strategic partnership between Thailand and Vietnam will support exchanges between the two countries’ localities and people’s organisations. The Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association will work closely with its Vietnamese counterpart to increase people-to-people exchanges, with priority given to activities to celebrate 40 years of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2016. For his part, Quan acknowledged the TVFA’s recent activities, contributing to promoting the friendship between the two countries. He said HCM City and Bangkok are finalising procedures to twin the two cities. He assured his guest that the local administration will create favourable conditions for Thai businesses and nationals to live and work in the city.... [read more]

The view was shared by hundreds of Vietnamese and Thai officials and businesspeople attending a seminar in Bangkok on September 25. Vietnamese Ambassador to Thailand Ngo Duc Thang acknowledged the recent positive trade, investment, and tourism development between the two countries, saying two-way trade turnover reaching US$10 billion in 2012. Thailand is one of Vietnam’s top ten foreign investors, with 315 projects worth US$6.4 billion. Vietnam has also invested in eight projects in Thailand capitalised at nearly US$12 million. Vietnam ranks 9th in terms of foreign arrivals to Thailand, while Thailand supplies the 13th largest number of foreign visitors to Vietnam. Thang stressed the Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership will help strengthen bilateral economic cooperation and mutually beneficial ASEAN community integration in trade, investment, agriculture, energy, telecommunications, information technology, and transport. Thang expressed hope more Thai investors will explore Vietnamese opportunities in the near future. He revealed the two governments are working together to resolve issues related to Vietnamese workers in Thailand. The Thailand Board of Investment’s (TBOI) Foreign Investment Promotion Agency Director Siriporn Nuruksa said both countries expect to see increasing numbers of businesses investing and operating in their territories. Vietnamese Trade Office and TBOI representatives briefed seminar attendees on Vietnam’s economic developments and opportunities for Thai businesses. A number of Thai business leaders already boasting effective Vietnamese operations also shared their experiences with participants.... [read more]

Welcoming Thailand’s initiative to lift bilateral relations to a level of strategic partnership, Hung said the idea will benefit not only the two countries but ASEAN and the region for the sake of peace, security, stability and cooperative development. Vietnam believes that as the country coordinator of ASEAN-China relations, Thailand will make a positive contribution to strengthening and enhancing ASEAN-China relations, including maritime cooperation, he said. Hung affirmed that the Vietnamese NA supports enhanced cooperation fostered by the two governments in all fields and suggested both sides make full use of their strength to promote joint cooperation programmes and projects between their businesses. Increased cooperation between the two legislative bodies will create favourable conditions for the bodies to share legislation experience, as well as to boost the implementation of agreements reached by the two governments, he added. PM Shinawatra said Chairman Hung’s visit is especially important to promoting the two countries’ cooperation to a new height, thus contributing to a stronger traditional friendship. It is necessary to lift bilateral ties to a strategic partnership level to foster socio-economic development in each country, which in turn would contribute to the common development and prosperity of the region and world, she added. Shinawatra expressed her hope that the two legislative bodies will continue to improve their respective systems of legal documents for deeper and broader integration in the ASEAN Community by 2015, as committed by ASEAN members. The same day, NA Chairman Hung received representatives from the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association and the…... [read more]




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