afternoon of April 20, 2022, the Provincial Union of Friendship Organizations,
in collaboration with the Vietnam - France Friendship Association of Dong Nai
Province, celebrated the International Francophonie Day and the 49th
Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam -
France (April 12, 1973 - April 12, 2022). There was the attendance of Ms.
Emmanuelle PAVILLON-GROSSER, Consul General of France in Ho Chi Minh City, Ms.
Nguyen Ngoc Han - Director of Campus France in Ho Chi Minh city, Mr. Nguyen Son
Hung - Vice Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Tri
- Chairman of the Provincial Union of Friendship Organizations, together with
representatives of provincial departments, agencies and over 200 teachers,
pupils and students.
Delegates attended the Celebration.
at the Celebration, Mr. Nguyen Son Hung - Vice Chairman of the Provincial
People's Committee said that 49 years ago - on April 12, 1973, Vietnam and France
officially established diplomatic relations. Over the past four decades, France
has always held a prior position in Vietnam's foreign policy and is Vietnam's
top partner in Europe and the world.
The strategic partnership
between Vietnam and France is not only in the political field, but also in the
fields of culture, education, economy and people – to - people diplomacy.
France is one of the leading foreign investors, as of the end of March 2022,
ranked 16th out of 140 countries investing in Vietnam, including 638 valid
projects with a total registered capital of more than 3.6 billion USD. In
addition, France is also cooperating and implementing many projects in the
fields of environment, urban planning, vocational training, Francophone,
tourism, culture, etc. Currently, France has 20 projects with total registered capital of about 179 million
USD. Over the years, Dong Nai province has established cooperative relations
with two localities of France, namely the Rhône-Alpes region and the Bretagne
In the field of education, Dong Nai has been
selected to bring the French language program into schools since the 2002 - 2003
school year. Currently, there are nearly 300 students studying French at Nguyen
Du Primary School, Thong Nhat Secondary School. and Tran Bien High School. After
20 years of implementation, the teaching and learning of French has always been
maintained, developed and achieved certain results. Many teachers have become
the nucleus in teaching French. Lots of students have succeeded and used French
as a tool for their employment development.
Chairman of the Provincial Union of Friendship Organizations Nguyen
Thanh Tri presenting a gift to the Consul General of France in Ho Chi Minh City
Since its establishment in 2018, the Vietnam –
France Friendship Association have operated actively, contributing to fostering
the friendship and cooperation between the people of Dong Nai province and those
of the Vietnam - France Friendship Association in the province said that the
organization of the celebration of the 49th Anniversary of the establishment of
diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France was considered an important
event, affirming the precise policies of our Party and State that have brought
the relationship between the two countries into depth and effectiveness. He
wished that the French Consulate General and Embassy in Vietnam would continue
to pay attention, support to organize more people-to-people exchange activities
between Dong Nai and France, and at the same time connect French enterprises
participate in cultural exchange activities, contributing to better
understanding and cooperation in other fields.
Ms. Emmanuelle PAVILLON-GROSSER - Consul General of France in Ho Chi Minh City speaking at event
In response, Ms. Emmanuelle PAVILLON-GROSSER - Consul
General of France in Ho Chi Minh City sincerely thanked the Party Committee,
authorities and people of Dong Nai province in building the people – to - people
exchange relationship between two countries, including a series of activities
to celebrate the 49th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations
between Vietnam and France. France has always been one of the top partners of
Vietnam in Europe as well as in the world. The establishment of the Strategic
Partnership between the two countries in 2013 not only reflects a close
relationship built and promoted over the previous decades, but also shows the
desire and determination of the two countries to develop the bilateral
relationship to more deeply, sustainable and long-term vision.
Previously, within the framework of the Celebration of the
International Francophonie Day and the 49th Anniversary of the establishment of
diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France, the Vietnam - France
Friendship Association of the province collaborated with Campus France in
Vietnam to organize an exchange program on study opportunities in the French
Republic presented by Ms. Nguyen Ngoc Han - Director of Campus France. The
activity attracted more than 200 teachers, pupils, students and their relatives.
It helps the students and their parents have an overview of the choice of the appropriate
major and schools/universities as well as the process and steps to complete the
study abroad application in France.
Students with high academic achievements in French program receiving gifts
On this occasion, the Consulate General of France in Ho
Chi Minh City also presented 25 gifts to students studying the French program and
getting high academic achievements at 03 Nguyen Du Primary School, Tran Bien
Secondary School and Tran Bien High School.