Holland Village takes shape in HCM City

(VOV) -The Consulate General of the Netherlands has inaugurated its 2013 Holland Village at District 1’s September 23 Park, marking the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Dutch diplomatic ties.

The space offers visitors the chance to admire Dutch artwork, inspect architectural models of Schiphol Airport and Rijks Museum, and sample traditional cuisine. Its design reflects a typical street in the Netherlands filled with bakeries and florists.

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Famous Dutch brands including Dutch Lady Dairy, Unilever, Heineken, and Philips are using the village to promote their products.

Addressing the opening ceremony on November 22, HCM City People’s Committee Vice Chairman Hua Ngoc Thuan said the Holland Village showcases the beauty of Dutch people, their land and culture to local Vietnamese people.

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The Netherlands is one of Vietnam’s key partners in finance, the environment, and infrastructure, Thuan said.

He said he hopes bilateral ties will continue to develop, especially in the fields of trade and investment.

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Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam Joop Scheffers expressed admiration for Vietnam’s remarkable economic achievements in recent years. He pledged his country’s support as Vietnam works to improve its business climate and expand trade and investment for mutual benefits.

Ambassador Scheffers said the Netherlands considers Vietnam an important partner in climate change adaptation, agriculture, and education and training.