Vietnam – Canada Cooperation: Continuing to Be Progressive and Mutually Beneficial

As of this year, Vietnam and Canada have enjoyed 40 years of diplomatic relations (1973-2013). This occasion calls for celebration, which Canada has welcomed through events like the 40th anniversary piano concert featuring world-renowned Canadian pianist Alain Lefevre and the 40th anniversary delegation visits to Can Tho City and Tra Vinh Province. Mr Audri Mukhopadhyay, Consul General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City said that in addition to being a celebratory milestone, the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Canada is a good vantage point from which to look back on the recent years of Canada's presence in Vietnam and trace the diplomatic progress that has been made in that time. According to Mr Audri Mukhopadhyay, there are several metrics that could be used to measure the success of a diplomatic relationship. "In Canada, we like to focus on the growth of trade, educational, and people-to-people links. These are areas in which Canada and Vietnam have … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Canada mark 40 years of diplomatic ties

The Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee hosted a meeting on July 2 to mark the 40 th anniversary of Vietnam-Canada diplomatic ties and the 146th Canada Day.Addressing the celebration, Vice Chairman of the municipal People's Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan stressed that over the past 40 years, the long-lasting, stable and comprehensive partnership between the two countries has been consolidated and developed.The two sides have maintained all-level delegation exchanges, he added.According to Thuan, in 2012, bilateral trade surpassed 1.6 billion USD, nine times higher than 2011. Early this year, the two sides agreed to boost all-around cooperation, particularly in trade, investment, science-technology, education and training, and agreed to collaborate at multilateral forums.Trade between Ho Chi Minh City and Canada reached more than 265 million USD in 2012, Thuan said, adding that Canada has 50 projects worth 91.5 million USD in the city.Agriculture, health and education are also important … [Read more...]

GOVERNMENT IN BRIEF 3/7

Viet Nam values broad co-operation with Japan: PM Viet Nam attaches special importance to co-operation with Japan and wishes to promote ties with the country in politics, economics, science-technology, education and labour. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung made the statement while receiving Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Motegi Toshimitsu in Ha Noi on Monday. PM Nguyen Tan Dung receives Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Motegi Toshimitsu in Ha Noi.The PM expressed his hope that the two sides will actively implement joint agreements for the benefit of both countries. He called on the partners to increase two-way trade, create favourable conditions for Japanese investors to do business in Viet Nam and for Vietnamese nurses to work in Japan. Dung also proposed that Japan further increase official development assistance (ODA) for Viet Nam's projects in transport infrastructure, energy, healthcare, education and training, and see through joint projects … [Read more...]

Viet Nam, Canada mark 40 years of diplomatic ties

HCM CITY (VNS)— HCM City People's Committee hosted a meeting yesterday to mark the 40th anniversary of Vietnamese-Canadian diplomatic ties and Canada's 146th National Day. Addressing the celebrations, the vice chairman of the Municipal People's Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan stated that over the past 40 years, the stable partnership between both countries has been considerably developed. Trade between HCM City and Canada reached more than $265 million in 2012. Currently Canada has 50 ongoing projects worth $91.5 million in the city. He pledged that the municipal authorities would create the best possible conditions for Canadian investors who wish to invest or do business in the city. Canada's Consul-General to HCM City, Audri Mukhopadhyay, said the good relations between both countries could be seen in the development of trade, economics, education and training. Over 3,000 Vietnamese students currently study in Canada and several education programmes between both countries have been … [Read more...]

Meeting marking 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Canada diplomatic ties

(VOVworld) - A meeting to mark the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Canada diplomatic relations and the 146th Canada Day was held in Ho Chi Minh city on Tuesday. Vice Chairman of the Municipal People's Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan praised Canada's achievements in recent years and its powerful role in the global economy. He said that over the last 4 decades the Vietnam-Canada comprehensive partnership has been developing consistently and stable political relations have created further momentum for economic growth. Vietnam has had 50 projects in Ho Chi Minh city with a total investment capital of 91.5 million USD. Canada is among the 15 countries with the highest number of tourists to Vietnam with last year's figure reaching 62.000. Ho Chi Minh city established a sisterhood with Toronto city in 2006. In his address, Canadian Consul General Audri Mukhopadhyay said: "We have a small community of 2.000 Canadians in Ho Chi Minh city. The highlight of our social activities has been the Terry Fox Run, … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Canada mark 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties

(crossed-flag-pins.com) Nhan Dan Online - A ceremony was held by the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee on July 2 to mark the 40th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Canada and Canada's 146th birthday. The comprehensive, stable and time-honoured partnership between the two countries have been unceasingly consolidated and developed, Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Hua Ngoc Thuan said. The southern city's authority creates favourable conditions for Canadian investors and boosts co-operation with Canada in all fields, said Mr. Thuan. Canadian Consulate General to Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City Audri Mukhopadhyay expressed his gratitude for Ho Chi Minh City's sentiments to Canada and noted that economic, educational and people-to-people relations between the two nations have seen continued positive development. Together with regular delegation exchanges at all levels, both sides agreed to boost their … [Read more...]

HCM City meeting marks Vietnam-Canada ties

(VOV) - A meeting was held in HCM City on July 2 to mark 40 years of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Canada and 146 years of Canada Day (July 1).At the function, Vice Mayor Hua Ngoc Thuan noted that the long-term, stable and comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and Canada has constantly developed during the past 40 years through regular visit exchanges at all levels. Two-way trade has grown and flourished considerably over the years, reaching more than US$1.6 billion in 2012, a nine fold increase compared to 2001. During a Hanoi visit in March 2013 by Foreign Minister John R. Baird, both sides agreed to increase cooperation in various areas, primarily in trade, investment, science-technology, education-training. Thuan acknowledged economic, trade and investment cooperation between HCM City and Canada, saying bilateral trade value hitting US$265 million. Currently, Canada has 50 valid projects in HCM City, capitalised at US$91.5 million. He confirmed that HCM City wants to … [Read more...]

Expectations for economic cooperation between Vietnam and countries

(VEN) - On the occasion of the Lunar New Year, Vietnam Economic News' reporters My Phung and Le Anh noted the comments of foreign representatives in Vietnam on their expectations for economic cooperation between Vietnam and countries. Mr. Audri Mukhopadhyay, Canadian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City:  Vietnam is a promising market that is well situated both geographically and demographically. Vietnam's advantages include a large land base with significant natural resources and a young dynamic population with a median age of 28. In recent years, Vietnam has experienced consistent positive economic growth, including 5.9 percent GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth in 2011. Bilateral trade between Canada and Vietnam continues to increase, reaching a new height of US$1.7 billion in 2011, much of which is shipped through Canada's efficient transportation gateways. Vietnam's economic prospects, intensified efforts to upgrade its infrastructure, and large market with increasing … [Read more...]

Canadian Food Festival kicks off Thursday in town

Minh Nhat The event will feature Canadian delights such as premium beef, a wide range of seafood including lobster, oysters, scallops, snow crabs, black cod and mussels and Ambrosia apples. The festival launch will be held at Lion City Exclusive restaurant at Unit 5, Kumho Link, 39 Le Duan Street, District 1 on Thursday with Cameron Stauch as guest chef. Specialty dishes will be offered at a number of restaurants including Vicki's Teppanyaki & BBQ, Lion City Exclusive, Lion City Cafe & Restaurant, Lion City Transit and Chill Sky Bar & Restaurant, as well as the Park Hyatt from December 7-31. Special discounts ranging from 10% to 50% will be offered on the Canadian food menu at some participating restaurants. "Canada is delighted to offer residents of HCMC an opportunity to experience the finest Canadian beef and seafood," remarked Consul General Audri Mukhopadhyay. "By working with multiple restaurants in HCMC this year, we hope to increase awareness of local consumers about … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 3/12

My Tam wins Best Asian Artist at MAMA 2012 Singer My Tam has become the first and only Vietnamese artist to receive the Best Asian Artist title at the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) 2012. Singer My Tam. The award ceremony was held in Hong Kong on November 30. My Tam could not attend the award ceremony in person because of her Vietnam Idol 2012 responsibilities. In a video message shown at the event, Tam said it was her great honour to be awarded such wonderful spiritual gift this year. She hoped Vietnam will soon host a MAMA ceremony where she can perform for foreign audiences. Other artists who also claimed MAMA awards include Japan's AKB48, the Philippines' Sarah Geronimo, Thailand's Nathew, and China's Leehom Wang and Chris Lee. The Best Solo Dance Performance and the Best Music Video awards were presented to Psy, who also received the International Favourite Artist award for his history-making hit Gangnam Style. Best Male Group went to Big Bang and its group leader, … [Read more...]

Canadian food-fest opens Thursday

HCM CITY (VNS)- The Canadian Food Festival, which opens on Thursday will offer HCM City residents a wide range of choice selections from the north American nation. These include premium beef, ambrosia apples as well many seafood items such as lobster, oysters, scallops, snow crabs, black cod and mussels. Audri Mukhopadhyay, consul general of Canada in HCM City, said that the month-long festival would be launched at the Lion City Exclusive Restaurant in District 1. Canadian chef Cameron Stauch will be the guest chef for the food festival. After the opening event, a Canadian food menu and speciality dishes will be offered at a number of restaurants including Vicki's Teppanyaki&BBQ, Lion City Exclusive, Lion City Cafe&Restaurant, Lion City Transit and Chill Sky Bar&Restaurant, as well as the Park Hyatt, from December 7 to 31.-VNS … [Read more...]

HCMC university business grads enter global workforce with Canadian diplomas

The Ho Chi Minh City University of Industry (HUI), in partnership with the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST Canada,) conferred 87 graduates with the two-year Business Administration diploma Saturday. The graduation ceremony - HUI's third cohort after 5 years in partnership with SIAST - was held on the school's main campus in Ho Chi Minh City's Go Vap district. Consul General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City, Audri Mukhopadhyay, delivered the convocation address. "During your studies, you have formed a relationship with Canada… every graduate of SIAST is part of the idea of Canada. An idea so powerful, that our institutions can provide meaningful education to students half a world away," said Consul General Mukhopadhyay. SIAST academic program head Rick Wagman delivered the diplomas to graduates at the ceremony, in his second trip to Vietnam to take part in the annual graduation. "I am particularly impressed with academic achievement level … [Read more...]

Blood Donation Day honors good hearts

Trung Chau Rick Yvanovich, CEO of TRG International, and the company's staff at the 2011 Blood Donation Day of the Saigon Times - Photo: Kinh Luan Since its inception in 2005, the Blood Donation Day held by the Saigon Times in coordination with Vietnam Red Cross HCMC Chapter has proudly attracted thousands of donors who have joined the event with a good heart. They are consuls and staff from foreign Consulate General offices in HCMC, foreign-invested companies and Vietnamese and foreign individuals. "Because of medical reasons, I have not been allowed to give blood since then," says Audri Mukhopadhyay, consul general of Canada in HCMC who has worked in the country for four years. But he commits that he will first join the upcoming event to encourage Canadian community as well as people as he thinks that blood donation is a productive way for people who have little time to make a contribution. Being a frequent visitor of the Blood Donation Day for years, Rick Yvanovich, CEO of TRG … [Read more...]

A land of diverse delights

by Audri Mukhopadhyay* I have had the pleasure of representing the Government of Canada in HCM City for almost three years now. My experience in this warm and welcoming country has been filled with lasting memories that will hopefully contribute to the many links between Vietnamese and Canadian communities abroad. Full steam ahead: Canada's Consul General in HCM City Audri Mukhopadhyay poses for a photo at Da Lat Railway Station, a popular tourist destination in the Central Highlands city. ' Photo courtesy Audri Mukhopadhyay I enjoy being in Viet Nam for many reasons. One of these reasons is the great year-round weather in HCM City. I also enjoy the many travel opportunities within Viet Nam. One can easily travel to the high mountainous regions of Da Lat, or visit the beautiful beaches in Da Nang. Naturally, each region offers a different culinary experience. The weather and the easy access to provinces allow visitors and locals to experience a variety of delicious and … [Read more...]

Canada minister urges enterprises to boost investment

Hoang Phi Canadian Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia Pacifi c Gateway Edward Fast (L) speaks with local media yesterday while Audri Mukhopadhyay, Canadian consul general in HCMC, looks on - Photo: Phi Tuan Fast, who arrived in Vietnam a day earlier in a bid to boost trade and investment cooperation between the nations, told his fellow investors at a meeting in HCMC that Vietnam is a safe and high-potential market thanks to its political stability and fast-growing economy. Vietnam is the first leg of the Canadian minister's trip to four ASEAN countries, the others being Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar. He said the two-way trade has recorded a sharp rise over the past time with a total value of US$1.7 billion this year, six times higher than the figure ten years ago. Statistics announced by the General Department of Customs indicate Vietnamese exports to the North American market fetched US$1.63 billion in the January-July period, three times higher than the … [Read more...]

Canada, VN relations stronger than ever

In the field: Governor General of Canada David Johnston during his visit to a CIDA funded project in Soc Trang Province in November 2011. — VNS Photos MCpl Dany Veillette, Rideau Hall Day of celebration: Parliament Hill in Ottawa during a Canada Day celebration. On the occasion of Canada's National Day on Sunday, Viet Nam News presents an article written by Canadian Ambassador to Viet Nam Deborah Chatsis. On July 1st, 2012, Canadians across the country and abroad will take part in Canada Day celebrations. On this occasion, we celebrate Canadian heroes and events that helped shape the Canada we know today - an independent and free country with a rich and diverse cultural heritage. As we celebrate Canada Day this year, we are also preparing for the 40th anniversary of Canada and Viet Nam's bilateral relationships that will take place in 2013. This is a moment to think about our achievements, our pride and our possibilities. Canada-Viet Nam relations have reached new heights in … [Read more...]

Canada pushes investment, trade with Vietnam

Canada 's bilateral merchandise trade with Vietnam has increased steadily over the past decade, standing more than four times greater than in 2000. According to Audri Mukhopadhyay, Consul General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City , bilateral trade reached an all-time high of nearly 1.4 billion USD in 2010. Merchandise imports from Vietnam were valued at 1.2 billion USD, while exports were worth 264.7 million USD. According to Canadian statistics, the stock of Canadian direct investment in Vietnam was 89 million USD at the end of 2009. Canada and Vietnam are currently in negotiations toward a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). The Consulate General of Canada organises various trade promotion events which include trade delegations to Canada , incoming delegations to Vietnam , food promotion events, education fairs, seminars and various other activities in an effort to increase further cooperation between the two countries. In addition, the consulate carries out a … [Read more...]

Canada boosts investment, trade with Vietnam

Canada's bilateral merchandise trade with Vietnam over the past decade has increased steadily by more than four fold over 2000. It reached an all-time high of nearly US$1.4 billion in 2010, according to Audri Mukhopadhyay, Consul General of Canada in HCM City. Merchandise imports from Vietnam were valued at US$1.2 billion, while exports were worth US$264.7 million. Canadian statistics showed that the stock of Canadian direct investment in Vietnam was US$89 million at the end of 2009. Canada and Vietnam are currently negotiating a Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). The Consulate General of Canada has arranged for many trade delegations to visit Canada and Vietnam, and organized various activities, including food promotions, education fairs, and seminars in an effort to boost bilateral cooperation. VNA … [Read more...]

ART & ENTERTAINMENT IN BRIEF 17/9

HCM City hosts Canadian food fair A Canadian culinary programme for HCM City connoisseurs was launched at the Caravelle Hotel in HCM City on Wednesday. The Great Taste of Canada gourmet food promotion offers a variety of items like lobsters, clams, oysters, Geoduck mussels and scallops, as well as Alberta beef and wines. Donald Berger, Canad-ian master chef and renowned restaurateur from Ha Noi, prepared the exceptional products together with chef Timo Reus from the Caravelle Hotel. The menu is also being offered at the hotel's Reflections Restaurant until September 25. "It will be an opport-unity for the people of HCM City to experience the finest beef, wine, and seafood from Canada," said the Canadian Consul General in HCM City Audri Mukhopadhyay. In addition to the high quality of the products, the country also has one of the world's most respected food inspection and control systems, said Mukhopadhyay. Canada is the world's fifth largest exporter of agri-food … [Read more...]

Canadian officials say Vietnam remains a magnet

HCMC - Vietnam still remains a destination for the Canadian and international companies which wanted to capitalize on this growing market to enhance their advantages through the partnerships with Vietnamese counterparts, according to Canadian officials. "Vietnam continues to be a magnet for Canadian and international firms building their global supply chains through Asia," Canadian consul general to HCMC, Audri Mukhopadhyay, said at the Atlantic Gateway business forum in HCMC on Tuesday evening. Sean Goff (L), general manager of CN Worldwide for Asia and one of the speakers at the business forum, listens to a participant during the tea break in HCMC Tuesday evening - Photo: Mong Binh The forum was organized for Canada's Atlantic Gateway trade mission members to meet with Vietnamese companies in transport and education to explore opportunities for cooperation. The diplomat said Canadian firms needed to be sourcing, assembling and manufacturing their products in Vietnam for … [Read more...]