Vietnam National Day celebrated abroad

Vietnamese embassies and organisations abroad and overseas Vietnamese communities have held many activities to mark Vietnam’s 65th National Day (September 2).

Vietnamese Ambassador to Cuba Vu Chi Cong granted an interview to the Cuban daily Trabajadores (Workers), highlighting Vietnam’s achievements in national renewal.

The country has emerged as the world’s second largest rice exporter with an export volume of about 5-6 million tonnes a year. It achieved a GDP growth rate of 5.3 percent in 2009 despite the global economic crisis and expects to grow by 6.5 percent this year. The poverty rate dropped from 58 percent in the 1990s to 12 percent at present.

The Vietnamese diplomat expressed thanks to assistance from people all over the world, including the Cuban people, to Vietnam during the national construction and defence.

The Federation of Vietnamese People in Laos held football and petanque tournaments to celebrate Vietnam’s National Day.

In Australia, the municipal council of Kiama city, New South Wales, Australia, and the Vietnamese Consulate General in Sydney held a ceremony on August 28 to raise the national flags of Vietnam and Australia at the city’s town hall to mark the 65th National Day of Vietnam.

Addressing the ceremony, Kiama Vice Mayor Ban Van Der Wikngaart affirmed that Kiama municipal council’s commitment to the cooperation with Vietnam, saying the agreement between Kiama and its sister city of Hoi An in central Vietnam was a important premise to implement cooperation projects and create opportunities to boost exchanges in education, tourism, trade and culture between the two tourist cities.

For his part, Vietnamese consul general to Sydney Vu Hong Nam stated that the annual flag-raising ceremony on Vietnam’s National Day is a vivid symbol of the friendship between Vietnam and Australia from municipal to governmental levels.

Earlier, on August 26, the Vietnamese Embassy in Canada held a ceremony to mark the country’s 65th National Day with the participation of Canadian governmental and parliamentary officials as well as representatives from businesses and organisations of Vietnam and Canada.