Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador to Myanmar Luan Thuy Duong reviewed the development of bilateral ties founded by President Ho Chi Minh and General Aung San that have been fostered by generations of leaders and the two countries’ people.
She said that during a visit to Vietnam in April 2018, State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi had affirmed that Vietnam and Myanmar are close friends who place trust in each other.
According to her, the two countries have seen developments in their ties, including in the fields of trade and investment, national defence-security, agro-forestry-fisheries, energy, telecommunications, tourism, justice, education, culture, people-to-people exchange, and global integration.
Myanmar Minister of International Cooperation Kyaw Tin expressed his belief that the bilateral ties will thrive in the future and wished to boost ties across trade, investment, tourism, and people-to-people exchange.
He said two-way trade hit US$830 million last year, up 50% from 2016, with Vietnam becoming Myanmar’s seventh largest investor.
The minister wished that Vietnam would successfully hold the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018, adding that Aung San Suu Kyi’s presence at the event will open up opportunities for bilateral relations.
Participants enjoyed music performances by artists from the two countries and traditional Vietnamese cuisine.
On the occasion, the Vietnamese Embassy in Myanmar, the Vietnam-Myanmar Friendship Association and the Myanmar-Vietnam Friendship Association, and the two countries’ business communities held the cultural event, themed “Vietnam-Myanmar: Beautiful Countries in Nay Pyi Taw”.
The event was part of the ongoing Vietnam-Myanmar cultural cooperation exchange programme for 2017-2020, contributing to stepping up cultural and tourism links, as well as people-to-people exchange between the two nations.