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Vietnam - France relations are strengthened in many fields

Vietnam and France have an increasingly fruitful relationship in many fields. In 2023, Vietnam and France will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations (1973-2023).

On the occasion of the French National Day or the Bastille Day (July 14), French Ambassador to Vietnam Nicolas Warnery talked to the Press about the outstanding achievements in the relations as well as prospects for cooperation between the two countries in the coming time.

- In 2021, like many countries in the world, Vietnam and France have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. How has the pandemic situation affected the relationship between Vietnam and France over the past time, Your Excellency?

Ambassador Nicolas Warnery: The COVID-19 pandemic has turned all aspects of people's lives around the world upside down. However, France has still maintained existing relationships with Vietnam through exchanges and contacts in various forms such as telephone calls, letters or bilateral meetings; especially Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's visit to France in November of 2021.

We have also maintained an exchange channel between the people of the two countries (people – to – people diplomacy), particularly the international students. Since the summer of 2020, we have resumed issuing visas for Vietnamese students to study in France; increased the number of scholarships for Vietnamese students.

Besides, we continue to implement bilateral cooperation projects; including the Metro Line 3 project in Hanoi or projects in the field of climate change with the participation of the French Development Agency (The Agence Française de Développement - AFD). Visits of French naval cruisers to Vietnam are still maintained. In addition, many projects are being implemented in new areas such as heritage preservation and strengthening the French language teaching in Vietnam.

Despite the serious impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam and France have consolidated the friendship, solidarity and mutual assistance. During the pandemic combat, Vietnam provided facial masks for France in 2020 while France donated 3.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam through bilateral cooperation channels and the COVAX Facility

- Vietnam - France relations has developed in many fields, especially economy. Currently, France is one of the leading European investors in Vietnam. Could the Ambassador share more details about this field of cooperation?

Ambassador Nicolas Warnery: Regarding the economic cooperation between Vietnam and France, we would like to mention the Metro Line 3 project in Hanoi. The project has received huge funding from the French party and made an important contribution to improving Hanoi's traffic situation as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the context that the world is facing the threat of climate change. It can be said that this is a symbolic project of economic cooperation between the two countries.

In addition, I would like to mention the trade exchange between the two countries, mainly between Vietnamese and French businesses. We look forward to further promoting the presence of French businesses in Vietnam.

We are pleased to see that more and more French products are present in the Vietnamese market, such as airplanes, cars or products in the tourism sector. We believe that trade exchange between the two countries can develop further, especially in the context that the Free Trade Agreement between Vietnam and the European Union (EVFTA) takes effect since August 1, 2020.

This agreement came into effect at the time of the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I realize that this is a very important condition for further development of the trade relationship between the two countries in the coming time.

In addition to the traditional areas of cooperation that I just mentioned above, we expect to have new cooperation projects related to energy use in a more efficient manner in the coming time, such as sustainable transport infrastructure projects, sustainable cities, urban planning, renewable energy...

- Culture is also a key field of cooperation in the relationship between the two countries. Could the Ambassador review a few key projects implemented in the past year?

Ambassador Nicolas Warnery: We have a major partner, the French Institute in Vietnam, with campuses in Hanoi, Hue, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were periods when the French Institute had to close; However, the French Institute has reopened now.

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Opening Ceremony of Hue Festival Week 2022 with an art program titled "The country of peace, the four corners of peace." (Photo: Do ​​Truong/VNA)

Recently, we have participated in Hue Festival 2022 after two years of interruption due to the pandemic situation. We invited the French electro - pop band Kid Francescoli to perform in Hue on June 26 and then in Hanoi. The photo exhibition "Mekong, a story of two shores" by photographer Lam Duc Hien was also held at the French Institute in Hue.

Currently, the French Institute in Hanoi has moved from its familiar location on Trang Tien Street (Hoan Kiem District) to two ancient French villas on Thien Quang Street (Hai Ba Trung District) after they have been renovated. Compared to the former location, the biggest difference in the new facility is that there is no longer an auditorium. This is a big limitation, but we consider it a pressure to create more positive energy.

We will have programs off-campus: instead of holding activities on the campuses of the French Institute, we will organize activities at various locations in Hanoi and will receive a large number of attendants.

In the coming time, we will implement a project called "Sharing and protecting Vietnam's heritages." We emphasize “heritage” because the project targets both tangible and intangible cultural heritages of Vietnam. Within the framework of the project, French museums will cooperate with Vietnamese partners to preserve and promote your country's heritages.

- Could the Ambassador share more information about the scholarship policy for Vietnamese students in the coming time; Which areas will be prioritized?

Ambassador Nicolas Warnery: We not only maintain but also increase the number of scholarships for Vietnamese students. It is expected that the scholarship value in 2022 will increase by 20% compared to 2021. This is one of the priorities of the French party.

We wish that excellent Vietnamese students and researchers can be trained at French universities or research centers. In particular, in the field of medicine, Vietnamese doctors with advanced training in France can directly practice treating patients at hospitals. That's different from other countries and we are very proud that this model helps doctors to improve their skills. In addition, France is also an incubator for start-ups.

- In 2023, Vietnam and France will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and the 10th Anniversary of the signing of a strategic cooperation relationship. Could the Ambassador share about the preparation for the above events?

Ambassador Nicolas Warnery: These commemorative events prove that the relationship between the two countries has constantly been enhancing over the past 50 years. Commemorative activities will start from December of 2022 with the Vietnam - France Decentralized Cooperation Conference held in Hanoi.

Throughout 2023, we also plan various activities to show the richness and diversity of our bilateral relations. In particular, we plan to design a logo to represent the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Thank you very much, Your Excellency!