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Indonesia’s 73rd Independence Day celebrated in HCMC

(HUFO) A ceremony to mark the 73rd anniversary of Indonesia’s Independence Day (August 17th, 1945 - 2018) was co-organized by the HCMC Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO) and the HCMC Vietnam - Indonesia Friendship Association (HVIFA) on August 16th 2018.



The event was attended by Mr. Nguyen Van Manh - Vice-Chairman and General Secretary of HUFO, Mr. Le Ton Thanh - Chairman of HVIFA, Mr. Pham Dut Diem - representative from the Board Directors of the HCMC Department of External Relations and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Phan Thi Hong Xuan - Faculty Dean of Urban Studies, the HCMC University of Social Sciences and Humanities. On the Indonesian side, Mr. Hanif Salim - Consul General of Indonesia in HCMC, representatives from the Indonesian Consulate General and businesses also attended the ceremony.


Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Le Ton Thanh - Chairman of HVIFA affirmed that since Vietnam and Indonesia upgraded their relations to strategic partnership in 2013, the two countries have recorded numerous achievements in various cooperation fields of politics, economics, commerce and investments. Bilateral trade between Vietnam and Indonesia reached US$ 6.27 billion in 2016 and US$ 6.27 billion in 2017 respectively. At present, Indonesia is Vietnam’s 4th largest trade partner and 5th largest investment partner in ASEAN with many effective projects.


For his part, Mr. Hanif Salim - Consul General of Indonesia in HCMC noted with pleasure the strong development of the bilateral relations in all fields, especially politics, economics, education and tourism. He also thanked HUFO and HVIFA for their close cooperation with the Indonesian Consulate General in holding various activities, enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between the two countries’ people. The diplomat hoped that the two countries continue joining hands to foster bilateral relations and promote economic development.

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