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Vietnam, France to hold events to mark 50 years of partnership
  • | VNS | March 16, 2023 05:04 AM
A series of commemorative activities will be held throughout the year to mark 50 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties and 10 years of the strategic partnership between Vietnam and France.

Nicolas Warnery, French ambassador to Vietnam, introduces commemorative events to be held.

The highlight of the series will be the 12th partnership conference between Vietnamese and French localities scheduled to take place in Hanoi from April 13 to 15.

The conference aims to enhance cooperation among Vietnamese and French localities, universities and academies.

Nicolas Warnery, French ambassador to Vietnam, said: “We are working with Hanoi’s authorities, Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other relevant agencies to promote decentralised cooperation.”

“We hope this will be an opportunity to establish new partnerships and for partners to share ideas in all sectors including urban development, transport, heritage, and tourism,” he said.

Trần Nghĩa Hòa, deputy director of Hanoi Department of External Affairs, said the conference would have four thematic sessions on sustainable cities; environment and water treatment; culture, heritage and tourism; smart cities and digitisation.

So far about 30 Vietnamese localities and 20 French localities had registered for the event, he said.

Hanoi would also host the Vietnam - France Economic Forum slated for April 15 with the expectation to foster post-COVID-19 economic bilateral partnership, he said.

Other activities to be organised within the anniversary programme include high-level conferences between the two countries’ universities with the participation of Professor Ngô Bảo Châu in September.

A festival introducing French food and drinks will be held on the pedestrian streets around Hoàn Kiếm Lake in the middle of April.

Other science and cultural events will be also a part of the anniversary schedule including Horizon Innovation, a photo exhibition about Hanoi on the wall of the French Embassy, fashion shows, Huế with light and heritage shows.

There will be many events held in public spaces and open for everyone.

The French ambassador during a press conference on Tuesday spoke about the importance of Vietnam in the diplomatic policies of France in the Indian Ocean and Pacific, stressing that Vietnam is located at the centre of Indian Ocean and Pacific and also centre of ASEAN.

Vietnam is an important partner of France. Both countries share common values such as respecting international laws, giving priority to economic development, according to the ambassador.

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