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Celebrating the Indonesian Independence Day

(HUFO) – On the 14th of August 2020, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Ho Chi Minh City organized a meeting celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Independence Day of Indonesia (17th August 1945 – 17th of August 2020)

The meeting was organized by Mr. Hanif Salim, Consul-General of the Republic of Indonesia in Ho Chi Minh City and the staff of the Consulate General, with the attendance of Mr. Vuong Duc Hoang Quan – Chairperson of the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO), Ms. Tran Hoang Khanh Van – Vice Chairperson of HUFO, Mr. Le Hoang Dung – Deputy Rector of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Mrs. Phan Thi Hong Xuan – Chairperson of the Viet Nam – ASEAN Friendship Association (VAFA), Mrs. Luong Thi Xuan – CEO of the Gia Khuong Ldt. And other representatives from the VDFA and consular staff.

Overview of the meeting

In his opening speech at the event, Consul-General Hanif Salim highlighted the similarities in culture and history between the two people of Vietnam and Indonesia, especially during the process of decolonization and subsequent national development, especially since the two nations became independence. He also praised the role of economic development between Viet Nam and Indonesia since the signing of the strategic partnership between the two nations, with the aggregate trade between the two nations reaching 37.1% in 2019. Indonesian investment into Vietnam has also been growing significantly, with outstanding startup businesses such as Gojek/Goviet and Traveloka. In other areas, Viet Nam and Indonesia both organized bilateral exchanges among high-ranking officials and businesses in order to bolster economic cooperation and develop the smart city network between the two nations and in South East Asia. Amidst the current Covid-19 pandemic developing unpredictably in the region and in the world, Consul-General Salim praised the efforts and successes of the Vietnamese Government in preventing and minimizing the damage from the epidemic.

Consul-General Hanif Salim delivering his remarks

Mr. Vuong Duc Hoang Quan – Chairperson of HUFO extended his warmest gratitude towards the Consul-General, the Consular staff and the Indonesian community living and working in Ho Chi Minh City for doing their part in developing the ever beautiful international friendship between Viet Nam and Indonesia in recent times. The Chairperson of HUFO hopes that the friendship and cooperation between the two nations and the two people will continue to blossom in the future./.

Chairperson Vuong Duc Hoang Quan delivering his remarks at the event.

The toast celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day

The cake-cutting celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day

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