Indian Republic Day marked in Ho Chi Minh City

Tuesday, 2019-01-15 17:06:51
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An art performance at the celebration (Source: voh.com.vn)
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NDO/VNA – The Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organisations (HUFO) and Saigon University jointly organised a celebration of India’s Republic Day (January 26, 1950) in Ho Chi Minh City on January 15.

Addressing the event, President of the HCM City chapter of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association, Huynh Thanh Lap, said the Vietnam-India relations were established through trade, cultural, art, and religious exchange activities.

Through years, the two countries have shown they are always reliable and sincere friends and have reaped immense attainments in trade, education, training and tourism, Lap said.

In 2018, the HUFO, the HCM City chapter of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association, and the Consulate General of India in HCM City successfully organised many diplomatic and political events and supported trade exchanges between the two countries.

Lap said the HUFO and the HCM City chapter of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association want to increase their coordination with the Indian Consulate General and the Indian Businesspeople Association in Vietnam to organise more cultural, artistic, people-to-people exchange and trade activities.

India’s Consul General Dr. K. Srikar Reddy said the time-honoured relations between Vietnam and India have been fostered by generations of their leaders and people and is based on mutual trust and understanding and the sharing of viewpoints on many regional and global issues.

Dr. K. Srikar Reddy said as Vietnam’s economic hub, HCM City has attracted many Indian businesspeople, traders and experts and hosted an array of political and diplomatic events, as well as cultural, religious and tourism exchanges between India and Vietnam.

On the occasion, the HCM City chapter of the Vietnam-India Friendship Association opened an Indian Culture Exhibition at Saigon University.

India is currently Vietnam’s 10th biggest trade partner. In 2017, bilateral trade hit US$12 billion and it is expected to reach US$15 billion by 2020.

India ranks 29th out of the 126 countries and territories investing in Vietnam, with 188 projects capitalising at US$878 million.

In 2017, more than 25,000 Vietnamese visited India while 110,000 Indians visited Vietnam.