The Vietnamese Association in Marseille, France, held a Vietnam Day on October 15 with assistance from the local authorities, aiming to introduce Vietnam's culture, tourism, and economy to French people.
Vietnamese Charge d'Affaires Nguyen Quang Chien and Vietnamese Ambassador to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Vu Duc Tam joined the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Marseille at the event.
Opening Vietnam Day, the Deputy Mayor of Marseille, André Malrait, said through Vietnam, France can open the door to Asia. Vietnam and France have reconciled their past relationship, and now were sending to the world a message of peace and brotherhood.
Seminars on Vietnam's cultural heritage, tourism, economic development, and booths of Vietnamese and French companies displaying handicrafts, fine art articles, garments and textiles, and projects of on eco-tourism at the event drew a great number visitors.
Addressing the seminar on tourism, Marseille Mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin said the Vietnam Day in Marseille, which took place after the French President's official visit to Vietnam and Vietnam's successful organisation of fifth Asia-Europe Meeting, is an opportunity for the two countries to develop more intensive bilateral relations and promote mutual understanding between the two peoples. He stressed that Vietnam and France are part of the same family, one of the strongest relationships.
They Mayor said over 60 local mass organisations, 180 solidarity organisations, 220 research centres, and 50 hospitals of France have chosen Vietnam for their co-operation development projects. The Marseille Hospital and universities in the city have signed co-operation agreements with universities and hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City. Marseille has also been appointed by the EU to implement a programme on waste management and waste water treatment in Ho Chi Minh City.
The Marseille Mayor praised the Vietnamese community's contributions to the city's development as well as in promoting relations between Marseille and Vietnam. He affirmed that Marseille will do its best to contribute to the development and prosperity of Vietnam.
The Mayor also presented the Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Dinh Bin with the city's memento badge.
Earlier, on October 14 the Vietnamese Association in Marseille held talks with businesses in Marseille. Many entrepreneurs were interested in Vietnam's investment environment and prospect as well as opportunities for co-operation with Vietnam. (VNA)
Reprinted with permission from Nhan Dan Newspaper