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Strong relationship between Turkey and Việt Nam built on mutual respect

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To mark the occasion of the National Day of the Republic of Turkey on October 29, Việt Nam News presents an article written by Ambassador of Turkey to Việt Nam, Haldun Tekneci.

Today, we at home and around the world are celebrating the 97th anniversary of our Republic with joy and pride. The nation pays tribute to the Republic’s founder and the First President Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.

Our Republic is resilient against all challenges and pursues her journey to further development. This drive is based on rule of law, good governance and private enterprise. Our young population is one of our greatest assets for sustainable growth. Moreover, Turkey is blessed with many geographical advantages thanks to its strategic location, connecting Europe and Asia.

Over the past nine decades, Turkey has achieved higher standards in education, science, technology, tourism, transportation, industry and health sectors. That is to say, the Turkish nation has many reasons to look to the future with confidence.

An aerial view of Rumeli Fortress in Istanbul. Photo courtesy of the embassy

As we approach the centennial of our Republic, Turkey gets more closely connected to different parts of the world. This is best illustrated by our growing diplomatic presence in different geographies, including Southeast Asia. We are confident that by 2023, our Republic’s centenary, Turkey will have made further strides at home and substantially increased its contributions to international peace, development and prosperity.

The country has set itself a number of objectives in the perspective of 2023. Among them are becoming one of the world’s top 10 economies, achieving a GDP of US$2 trillion, reaching an annual trade volume of $1 trillion, and receiving 50 million tourists a year.

This year also marks the 42nd anniversary of the establishment of Turkey’s diplomatic ties with Việt Nam. Việt Nam is on a path to further modernisation through comprehensive and peaceful development and I hold the view that the two countries can work together to learn and benefit from their best practices to overcome the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Availing of this opportunity, I wholeheartedly congratulate the Vietnamese Government and health workers for their successful and comprehensive fight against COVID-19 so far.

We are pleased that the bonds of friendship linking Turkey and Việt Nam are improving on a positive agenda. In addition to official channels of communications, people-to-people contacts keep growing and diversifying.

In order to strengthen common ground and cater to incremental demand in exchanges, it is important for Việt Nam and Turkey to raise public awareness of each other by fostering their fertile collaboration in tourism, trade and investment flows, mutual economic endeavours and cultural promotion.

To achieve such objectives, an essential step is facilitating respective visa regime procedures. Vietnamese citizens can enter Turkey with fast e-visa. Furthermore, the daily flights operated by Turkish Airlines from Istanbul to Hà Nội and HCM City provide a fast and efficient way of transportation. We look forward the resumption of these flights that are currently on hold due to COVID-19.

Turkey attaches particular importance to connecting with other global actors. In this token, Southeast Asia is a focal point for Turkey. The “Asia Anew” policy that Turkey pursues will encompass and highlight Turkey’s openings towards Southeast Asia and ASEAN.

As 2020 ASEAN Chair country and UNSC 2020-21 non-permanent member, Việt Nam occupies a pivotal position within the Asia Anew initiative. Apart from important achievements and co-operation demonstrated at regional and international forums, Turkey-Việt Nam potential has not yet been fully tapped.   

Geography and history have endowed both countries with valuable assets. As an influential member and 2020 ASEAN Chair, Việt Nam could play a major role in realisation of Turkey’s quest for elevating her ties with ASEAN to new levels. Turkey, in return, could assist Việt Nam in expanding its access to Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The Turkish-Vietnamese partnership is expected to yield more results in a not-so-distant future. Bonds of amity and co-operation between our two countries will grow even stronger in time and the Turkish Embassy will continue to work closely with Vietnamese authorities and institutions with the aim of fully activating this potential for the mutual benefit of both countries. 

On this occasion, we greet the readers of Việt Nam News with our earnest sentiments, while wishing well to the friendly people of Việt Nam and their eminent leaders. VNS

Göbeklitepe Archeological Site, located in the Southeastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, was inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2018. Photo courtesy of the embassy

Source: http://ovietnam.vn/life-in-vietnam/strong-relationship-between-turkey-and-viet-nam-built-on-mutual-respect_319748.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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