VOV.VN - Rolf Schulze, former German Ambassador to Vietnam, has been elected the new President of the Germany-Vietnam Friendship Association at the association’s congress held recently in Berlin.
In his speech at the congress, Schulze pledged his best efforts to promote the association’s activities as a way of cultivating the relationship between Germany and Vietnam.
According to Siegfried Sommer, Schulze’s predecessor, the association was founded in 1991 with a view to reinforcing the friendship between Vietnam and Germany as well as the cooperation between the two countries.
Over the past two years, due to impacts of COVID-19, a number of activities of the associations have been postponed, but the “Vietnam Info” Newspaper has been published regularly to provide information on the political, economic and cultural situation in Vietnam as well as activities regarding bilateral ties.
On behalf of the Vietnamese Embassy in Germany, Minister Counsellor Dang Chung Thuy hailed the role that the Germany-Vietnam Association has played in connecting people of the two nations. He praised the efforts and contributions of the association during the past three decades to the development of the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
The governments and people of Vietnam and Germany have given each other great and valuable support. Particularly, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of Germany has donated Vietnam a large number of COVID-19 vaccine doses directly and through the COVAX Facility, making Germany the second largest vaccine provider of Vietnam among European countries.
Delegates at the congress, approved the revised Charter of the association and elected a new 11 member executive board.