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Spain, Việt Nam face new era with stronger ties

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Spanish Ambassador Pilar Méndez Jiménez sends a message to Việt Nam News on Spain’s National Day

On October 12 we celebrate not only Spain’s National Day but also Hispanic Day, a common thread uniting more than 500 million souls throughout the world who share a part of our history and culture, as well as a common language. 

Spanish is a global language nowadays, an indispensable tool for younger generations who wish to thrive in the 21st century. It is the third most used language on the internet and therefore a part of the new digital era we are entering.

In a time framed by the global pandemic, the post-COVID economy ahead of us will be shaped by digital and ecological transformation: those who learn Spanish will therefore be better positioned in the digital economy.

A view of Seville, Spain, from the top of the Metropol Parasol, known as “The mushroom”, completed in 2011. Courtesy Photo of Spanish Embassy

Amid this extraordinary context, Việt Nam and Spain find themselves aligned in different ways: on one hand, the recent entering into force of the EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement on August 1st puts our economies in the avantgarde of international trade. We Europeans and Vietnamese look ahead, we do not let ourselves be distracted by the past and are already working for the future.

I would like to invite Vietnamese business leaders to explore the possibilities this most advanced example of international law we achieved together opens for all of us, creating new opportunities and a more sustainable future for all. 

Spain has international expertise on wide-ranging areas, from renewable energies to water management and infrastructures, besides other fields like modern cultural and tourism management, or quality gastronomy. This experience is a valuable and useful asset which will help bring our countries closer.

On the other hand, Spain and Việt Nam share a common sense of solidarity with the rest of the world in this time of difficulties, and we both defend the vaccine against COVID-19 to be considered a global common good. Our common objective is to not leave anyone behind. With this same principle in mind, Spain has also been at the forefront of the international community requesting for an alleviation of international debt for the most disadvantaged countries.

When COVID-19 started to spread around the globe, Spain had one objective when it came to foreign policy: not to allow the virus to separate us from our partners around the globe, but to turn it into an opportunity to strengthen our bilateral relations, as well as to foster multilateralism.

One day, COVID19 will be a memory and when that moment comes, Việt Nam and Spain will face the new era with stronger ties, facing a promising future together. To that end we are already working now. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/life-in-vietnam/spain-viet-nam-facenew-era-with-stronger-ties_319310.html

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Lives of Cong ethnic people in Dien Bien

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La Cha Village in the northern mountainous province of Dien Bien’s Nam Po District is home to a Cong ethnic community, one of the five ethnic minority communities in the province with 79 households and nearly 400 inhabitants.

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La Cha Village in Nam Po District, one of the few villages in the northern mountain province of Dien Bien where the ethnic Cong people live.

The living conditions of the Cong people in the village have improved in the past few years due to support from the Government and local authorities.

Investment projects on infrastructure construction, agricultural production, and cultural preservation in the district have helped change the lives of local people.

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Cong children in La Cha Village have fun during their extracurricular school hours. VNA/VNS Photos Xuan Tien

The village is now connected with the electricity network, while roads, schools, and bridges have been built, creating convenient conditions for people to develop all aspects of life.

Lives of Cong ethnic people in Dien Bien
A traditional dance featuring the manual farming works of Cong ethnic people in La Cha Village, Dien Bien Province.
Lives of Cong ethnic people in Dien Bien
An old woman of the Cong ethnic group doing some manual cultivation work in the garden.
Lives of Cong ethnic people in Dien Bien
Some festivals, cultural rituals and spiritual beliefs of families and clans in the village are performed by a shaman. VNA/VNS Photos Xuan Tien

In the past, Cong people had very difficult lives as they depended a lot on self-sufficiency and migration.

They earned their living just by manual cultivation on slash-and-burn fields, so crop productivity was very low.  VNS

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/your-vietnam/lives-of-cong-ethnic-people-in-dien-bien-province-694054.html

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UAE forecasts strong growth in trade with VN

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On December 2, 2020, the UAE celebrates the 49th anniversary of the founding of the federation under the slogan “Spirit of the Union”. Dr Ezzat Abdulwahed Sayed, political and economic analyst from the UAE Embassy in Hà Nội, writes for Việt Nam News.

On this day in 1971, the UAE started its first journey towards progress and development to achieve its pioneering ambition in all fields as the embodiment of the “UAE Vision 2021” which aims to make the precious UAE one of the best countries in the world on the 50th anniversary of its establishment.

Dubai City. Courtesy Photo of UAE Embassy

Every year in which Emiratis celebrate their National Day, they touch on the great development achievements of the country during the previous year, and what they aspire to achieve during the next year. This is all within the framework of a comprehensive development vision that does not satisfy only the forefront but is concerned with the present and the future, and is in the midst of competition in the field of development with confidence, based on proper planning and production of knowledge, and looking at national human cadres as the most important wealth of the nation and its real investment.

Since its establishment in 1971, the foreign policy of the UAE has been characterised by wisdom, moderation, balance, and advocacy of truth and justice, based on the foundations of dialogue and understanding between brothers and friends, respect for international conventions, adherence to the United Nations Charter, respect for the rules of good neighbourliness, sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-interference in internal affairs and resolving disputes by peaceful means.

The UAE has witnessed a wide openness to the outside world, which has resulted in the establishment of strategic political, economic, commercial, cultural, scientific, educational and health partnerships with many countries in various continents, thus enhancing the prestigious position it occupies in the international community.

The UAE economy has made an exceptional performance thanks to the country’s long-standing desire to adopt a development policy based on diversifying sources of income and supporting non-oil sectors. The country’s economy is characterised by the infrastructure of stable and balanced performance despite all its surrounding regional and international challenges.

As a responsible, committed member of the international community, the UAE strongly condemns terrorism and extremism in all forms, and demonstrates its commitment to confront, degrade and eradicate terrorism and extremism across the region and worldwide.

The UAE is also considered one of the leading countries in the field of humanitarian giving through its successive initiatives in all fields and arenas of charitable and humanitarian work at local and international levels. The leadership of the Emirates believes that humanitarian work is a moral responsibility and a duty that embodies solidarity and synergy between peoples and nations.

The UAE has always been proactive in carrying messages of peace and co-operation initiatives to the whole world, and for this it has been keen on building friendly, high-level relations with various countries around the world.

Since the UAE and Việt Nam officially established diplomatic relations in 1993, significant achievements have been recorded in diplomatic, economic and other aspects of the relationship, and after more than 25 years of diplomatic relations, the UAE and Việt Nam are considered key economic partners in Southeast Asia and the Middle East thanks to their open economic policies.

Bilateral trade and investment have developed rapidly, with the two countries becoming mutual strategic partners in trade and economy. The non-oil trade balance reached more than US$8.2 billion in 2018, which represents 34 per cent of the total non-oil trade between the UAE and ASEAN countries. The UAE is considered Việt Nam’s top trading partner in the Middle East region, including the GCC and Africa.

Over the past two decades, the UAE has also been acknowledged as one of the leading foreign investors in Việt Nam, and we are confident that this trade and investment relationship will continue to grow stronger.

UAE businesses have been investing in infrastructure, real estate, sea ports, oil and gas, tourism and services in Việt Nam, while Vietnamese businesses have been investing in wholesale and retail trade, motor vehicle repair and real estate.

The UAE is a gateway for Việt Nam to penetrate the Middle East, Europe and Africa. Meanwhile, Việt Nam is an important gateway for the UAE to Southeast Asia and the Far East. The two countries have much potential to boost co-operation in the fields of renewable energy, metallurgy, ship repair, petro-chemistry, chemicals, mechanics and manufacturing

For its part, the UAE attaches great importance to relations between the two countries and hopes to enhance trade relations between the two countries and raise them to higher levels in line with the level of bilateral relations and the aspirations of the leaderships, raising trade to $20 billion by 2025. VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/events/uae-forecastsstrong-growth-in-tradewith-vn_320597.html

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Art events infused with innovative technology at Arcan

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Double+, a series of art events infused with innovative technologies such as audio/visual and motion-sensor systems, and an interactive wall, is opening at Arcan until November 27. File photo from the organiser’s Facebook page

HCM CITY — Double+, a series of art events infused with innovative technologies such as audio/visual and motion-sensor systems, and an interactive wall, is opening at Arcan until Friday.

The event features American artist Mike Hodges and Vietnamese artist Trần Nguyễn Ưu Đàm. They have showcased their artworks by integrating video mapping with audio/visual effects to create a high-tech, immersive and aesthetic interaction with the viewers.

The artists have also offered decorative artwork performances and a talk show at the event. 

The event is open from 7-10 pm at 236/29/2H Điện Biên Phủ Street in Bình Thạnh District. Tickets at VNĐ300,000 can be purchased at www.ticketbox.vn. — VNS

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/events/art-events-infused-with-innovative-technology-at-arcan_320468.html

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