Vietnam, Indonesia exchange experience in COVID-19 prevention, economic re-opening

Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Pham Vinh Quang visited Bali on October 28 and 29 to exchange experience with local authorities in adapting and living with the COVID-19 pandemic, reopening the economy, and promoting trade, investment and tourism cooperation between the two countries.

During his trip, the diplomat met with governor of Bali Wayan Koster, deputy governor Tjokorda Oka Artha Ardana Sukawati (known as Cok Ace), and many other local leaders.

Receiving Quang, Wayan Koster lauded Vietnam's disease control efforts, on which he often gets updated.

He wishes the sides to increase experience sharing and exchange in fighting the epidemic and reopening the economy and further promote exchange activities, especially regarding tourism between Bali and localities of Vietnam in the coming time.

The governor and other local leaders valued the two nations’ traditional ties and friendship, which was fostered by late Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh and Indonesian President Sukarno as well as generations of Vietnamese and Indonesian leaders.

They reiterated the efforts to open three direct flights between Vietnam and Bali, and organise a photo exhibition week on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Indonesia in 2020.

On the occasion, Bali leaders praised the contributions of the Vietnamese community in the island and pledged to create favourable conditions for the establishment of the association of Vietnamese in Bali in line with local law and regulations.