The national flags of Vietnam and France The International Francophonie Organization’s principle is to honor French and the cultural diversity of French-speaking countries. Cultural and language exchanges have strengthened unity and created opportunities for political and economic cooperation. Vietnam participates in the Organization of the Francophonie Vietnam has cooperated with French organizations in offering bilingual classes. Both French and English are used at regional and global meetings and forums. Eric Normand Thibeault, Director of the Asia-Pacific Office of the International Organization of the Francophonie, said Vietnam plays a major role in the Francophonie community and has invested a lot in promoting French. The Organization of the Francophonie aims to increase the use of French worldwide. “Vietnam is in a transitional period and has obtained many economic, political, and social achievements. Vietnam is facing challenges and competition in the … [Read more...] about Francophonie Day spreads a love of French
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At the Youth Entrepreneurship Forum 2018 last month, Minister of Information and Communication Nguyen Manh Hung suggested that the Prime Minister should soon recognize English as the second official language of Vietnam to help startups reach out to the world. The proposal stirred a heated discussion on social media and prompted numerous professionals to pitch in with their views and opinions. While some welcomed the idea and supported widespread use of the language in Vietnam, others were wary of the cultural, legal and other implications of formalizing it as an official language. Everyone agreed that it was good to improve English use and fluency in the country, so the debate boiled down to whether declaring and using it as an official language was a feasible, practical option for Vietnam. Professor Chung Hoang Chuong, who has juggled teaching at the University of California and doing research in Vietnam, was optimistic about Vietnam having two official languages. Chuong, currently a … [Read more...] about English as an official language in Vietnam: would it work?
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) meets with Premier of Quebec Philippe Couillard on June 8 (Canada time).-VNA/VNS Photo Thong Nhat At the meeting, Phuc thanked for the warm welcome he received in Quebec and expressed his impression of the local diverse and strong growth. Vietnam values cooperation with Canadian localities, including Quebec, placing it as a priority in the two countries’ comprehensive partnership, stated the Vietnamese PM. Couillard welcomed the Vietnamese high-ranking delegation’s attendance at the Group of Seven (G7) Outreach Summit and visit to Canada. He said the establishment of the Vietnam – Canada comprehensive partnership in November 2017 is an important milestone in bilateral relations, serving as a drive to intensify friendship and cooperation between their localities. Lauding collaboration between Vietnam and Quebec in recent year, especially in trade and education – training, Phuc suggested Quebec continue granting scholarships … [Read more...] about PM Phuc meets Premier of Quebec, Canadian firms
Vietnam has recorded high economic growth, with import-export revenue reaching 425 billion USD, foreign investment hitting 37 billion USD in 2017, he noted. The Vietnamese leader said that foreign investors in Vietnam have satisfied with the investment efficiency in the country, especially the opening of the economy with the engagement in various free trade agreements. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the Vietnam-Canada business forum in Quebec on June 8 (Canada time) In March this year, Vietnam and Canada signed and are undertaking procedures for the ratification of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Under the deal, Vietnam commits to removing nearly 100 percent of taxes, which means many Canadian goods will enjoy tax reduction and exemption in Vietnam. The PM added that Vietnam is restructuring State-owned enterprises, including those in important areas such as aviation, power, oil and gas, telecommunications, … [Read more...] about PM introduces investment opportunities to Canadian firms
Vietnam, Pakistan hold second political consultation Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Dinh Quy co-chairs the 2nd Vietnam-Pakistan political consultation in Islamabad capital on April 13. Vietnam and Pakistan held their second political consultation in Islamabad capital of the Muslim country on April 13, during which they lauded their close collaboration and were unanimous to support each other at regional and international forums. At the meeting, co-chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Dinh Quy and his Pakistani counterpart Tehmina Janjua, the two sides reached consensus that the foreign ministries should uphold their core role in promoting bilateral cooperation in various fields. They highlighted the importance of high-level meetings and people-to-people exchanges while agreeing to accelerate the meeting of the inter-governmental committee on economic, cultural and sci-technological cooperation in 2018. As part of the efforts to enhance … [Read more...] about Government News 16/4