Haiphong and Finland: Milestones of Development Cooperation and Perspectives
17/01/2018 - 16:16
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today, the Vietnam – Finland friendship Association of Haiphong City celebrates the 45th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam and Finland diplomatic relations. This takes place only one month after the Finland Embassy commemorated 100 years of independence.

On this joyful day for both countries, we are very happy to welcome the Ambassador of Finland to Vietnam and Finland friends who are staying and working with Haiphong.
On behalf of the Vietnam – Finland friendship Association of Haiphong city, I would like to send my best regards to you all.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
45 years ago, on 25th January 1973, Vietnam and Finland formally established diplomatic relationship, which was an important event marking the beginning for the friendship and cooperation between the two countries. For the past years, this relationship has developed strongly and boomed in many fields like: education and training, science and technology, tourism, employment, etc.

The people of Haiphong always remember and honor the friendship and invaluable support of the Government and people of Finland for Vietnam and Haiphong as well during our construction process.

Development cooperation between Finland Government and Haiphong has begun since 1979. So far, Finland has performed a great many programs and projects such as: Pha Rung Ship Building and Repair Factory, water supply, drainage and sanitation projects, grant of utilities and equipment for Viet – Tiep General Hospital. Particularly, we have recently received the project of Cau Rao 2 Bridge, drainage system and sanitation project for Tien Lang Town under the second phase of the Water and Sanitation Programme for Small Towns in Vietnam.

The Vietnam – Finland friendship Association of Haiphong city was established in 2012, gathering numerous organizations and individuals who wholeheartedly work for the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

The Association has been implementing many activities to contribute to strengthening and developing the relationship effectively between the people of Finland and Haiphong. Recently, we have cooperated with the Finland Embassy in Vietnam, Haiphong Union of Friendship Associations, DoFA, Department of Culture and Sports and VCCI Haiphong branch to organize an exhibition of Finland posters with the title of “100 years – 100 posters” in the Municipal Art Exhibition Centre, a performance by the music band Jari and Taika at the City Opera House, a workshop on trade links between Vietnam and Finland introducing Finland and some technologies including clean technology, mechanics and interior decoration, a trade partner program, and experience sharing among some Finland and Haiphong businesses.

In the coming time, we will continue to promote the relationship between Finland and Vietnam as well as Finland and Haiphong City, and the activities of the Association so as to contribute and help strengthening and developing multi-faceted cooperation between the people of Vietnam and Haiphong and Finland, including education.

We also cooperate and actively take part in activities launched by the Finland Embassy, Vietnam – Finland Friendship Association in order to strengthening the relationship between the two countries.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
The Vietnam – Finland friendship Association of Haiphong City is the first provincial-scale association founded in the country, working for more than 5 years now. We always receive support from the Finland Embassy. Ambassador Kari Kahiluoto, who has just come to Vietnam since September for the new term, takes much interest of cooperation and friendship between Finland and Haiphong.

We also have support from the Central Association, direction from City’s Party Committee, People’s Council and People’s Committee as well as helps from Union of Friendship Associations and DoFA, departments and agencies, social organizations and businesses. On behalf of the leader board, I sincerely thank the Ambassador, the leadership of Haiphong City, Finland friends and all of you for spending your time attending this event.

At this meeting, we express our deepest thanks to the Government and people of Finland who always grant great support to the people of Haiphong city.

May we have wish the friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and Finland further and sustainably develop.
Wishing delegates, distinguished guests, Finland friends, and all of you good health and happiness. 

We look forward to your further contribution to the relationship between the two countries.
Thank you.
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