A gathering was held by the Embassy of Vietnam in Madrid, Spain to mark the 72th anniversary of the Vietnamese National Day and 40 years of diplomatic ties with Spain.
Prominent guests in attendance at the event was Ambassador Ngo Tien Dung, officials from the Spanish government and diplomats in Madrid and Vietnamese students and expats living in Spain.
In his opening remarks, Dung looked back at milestones in Vietnam’s history since late President Ho Chi Minh proclaimed the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the country’s independence from France on September 2, 1945.
The country has experienced a robust economic growth since the “Doi Moi” (Renewal) process was launched in 1986. Its Gross Domestic Products (GDP) grew at an average rate of 7.5% annually from 1986 to 2006 and soared at 6% over the last decade, he said.
"Vietnam has firmly pursued a foreign policy of peace and multifaceted international relations over the past 72 years and the country’s achievements during the national building have been supported by international communities, including Spain.
The Vietnam-Spain cooperation has grown across a variety of fields with the two-way trade reaching roughly US$3 billion in 2016," he said.
Both sides concurred to establish an inter-governmental committee on economic, trade and investment cooperation and signed the fifth financial programme during the visit of Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh to Spain from May 23-25.VOV