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|A conference on trade and tourism promotion between Vietnam and France in Paris in June. Photo: VOV/VNA/CVN|
The relationship between France and Vietnam is based on a long common history and was elevated to the level of strategic partnership in 2013.
In the first months of 2022, while the COVID-19 epidemic is under control, cooperation projects between the two countries are intensified. At the economic level, more than 80 companies from the Île-de-France region participated in a forum on investment opportunities in Vietnam organized at the end of June in Paris.
According to Marie -Christine Oghly, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Paris – Ile de France, Vietnam is continuing economic reform for a rapid transition towards modernization, industrialization and urbanization. Today, it has become an increasingly important link in the global value chain.
Thus, French companies seeking to invest in Vietnam aim not only to conquer a potential market with 100 million inhabitants and a rapidly growing middle class, but also to enter other major markets in Asia. Geert Dom, a representative of Deep C, which now operates a large industrial park in Hai Phong (north), said Vietnam is one of the most attractive Asia-Pacific destinations for European investors.
“For European and French companies, there are many business strategy opportunities in +China Plus One +. Western companies leave China or set up additional factories in another country. In fact, these companies want to diversify their activities while staying in the international and Chinese markets. So naturally their choices will go to Vietnam, as they can take advantage of free trade agreements and its huge market potential.did he declare.
In the field of culture, in June, for the first time, Vietnam participated in the celebrations of the consulate in Lyon, an annual event organized for more than 20 years. Traditional Vietnamese music and costumes were chosen to open the party. The opportunity for Vietnam to introduce its culture to Europeans.
“We were lucky this year to be invited by the city of Lyon to represent Vietnam at a consular party. This festival that takes place in France brings together many consuls who all represent the countries. It was also an honor for us to hold the inauguration with the Vietnamese ambassador to France and the mayor of Lyon. Every year, this consular holiday becomes more and more important and we hope to be able to represent Vietnam for the next year 2023. A date to mark 50e anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between France and Vietnam “confirmed by Roland Beaumont, president of the Association Asia New Generation Vietnam (ANGV) as one of the most active in promoting Vietnamese culture in France.
Also at the beginning of 2022, an agreement on cooperation in the field of civil service and administrative modernization was signed between the Vietnamese Ministry of the Interior and the French Ministry of Transformation and Public Service.
“This agreement will help professionalize the Vietnamese civil service, support young executives, local authorities and some ministries during 2022-2025. The goal is to make Vietnam have a professional, accountable, dynamic, transparent and efficient public service.said Vietnamese Interior Minister Pham Thi Thanh Trà.
The year 2023 is yet another richer year for cooperation between Vietnam and France, which will celebrate 50e anniversary of the establishment of their bilateral relationship and the 10the anniversary of their strategic partnership.