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68th Republic Day of India Celebrated in HCM CityPosted: Monday, February 06, 2017
On February 3, the Indian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City celebrated the 68th Republic Day of India (01/26/1950-01/26/2017). Attending the event were Mr Tran Vinh Tuyen, Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee and leaders of other southern provinces.
2017 is considered a special year for Vietnam- India bilateral ties as the two countries are preparing to mark the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-India Friendship Association and the 10th anniversary of Vietnam-India strategic partnership. The Governments and peoples of the two countries are delighted at the fine development of bilateral relations of cooperation in various fields over the years.
Upon attending and speaking at the anniversary, Mr Tran Vinh Tuyen, Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee affirmed many common values in history, culture, tradition, religion between Vietnam-India which have been constantly reinforced and developed, especially in the context that such bilateral relations were upgraded to a comprehensive Strategic Partnership on various fields during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in September 2016.
According to Indian Consul General Smita Pant, the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership has been extended throughout a wide range of fields, including "trade and investment, science and technology, defense and security, human resource development and cultural cooperation". As stressed by Ms Smita Pant, the Indian Consulate General will continue to coordinate closely with other agencies and local governments to forge strategic partnership between Vietnam - India towards increasingly sustainable development and make it commensurate with the potential of the two sides.
By the end of 2016, India had 49 projects in Ho Chi Minh City, with a total investment capital of over US$55 million; a total two-way trade turnover of nearly US$900 million, an increase of 10 per cent compared to 2015. In addition to Ho Chi Minh City, India also has many investment projects in Phu Yen, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Can Tho City, Soc Trang, Dong Nai, Dak Lak, Long An, Binh Duong and Gia Lai provinces in various sectors such as textile, information technology, energy, coffee and other agricultural products, etc.
Nguyen Viet Hung