Hung Yen’s foreign affairs: Overcoming challenges, achieving the best outcomes

Since the 19th National External Affairs Conference, along with the achievements of the diplomatic sector nationwide, Hung Yen province’s external affairs has obtained numerous outcomes, contributing to the construction and comprehensive socio-economic development of the province.

Situated in the center of the Red River Delta, the Northern key economic region, and part of Ha Noi capital construction master plan, Hung Yen Province is favored by nature with comfortable climate and rich soil. The locality also owns many unique products. Currently, Hung Yen has a population of 1.3 million and nearly 50% is of working age and considered a source of high-quality labor.

Promote foreign relations

The foreign affairs agency of Hung Yen regularly receives valuable support from ministries, departments and branches related to organizing delegations of Hung Yen province to promote investment abroad, and receiving international delegations to the province, notably: Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus, Ambassador of the United States, Governor of Savannakhet province (Laos); Embassies of other countries...

In 2021, the province has signed three cooperation agreements, including: Cooperation agreement to build a smart city with LH Group (South Korea); Cooperation agreement to implement the 3rd phase of Thang Long II Industrial Park expansion with Sumitomo Group (Japan); Cooperation agreement on continuing to promote technical cooperation in the clean water industry with Kanagawa Prefectural, Japan.

The province is continuing to boost foreign economic affairs. In order to attract FDI, Hung Yen proactively and promptly handled proposals and solved problems of businesses facing difficulties from the Covid-19 pandemic, and issued documents to departments and agencies to propose to ministries and branches on the price of Covid-19 tests, tax reduction. The province also established a focal directory to receive information on vaccination for foreigners in the province, regularly organized job fairs for foreign businesses. At the same time, it also introduced and promoted images and preferential policies for investment in Hung Yen’s industrial zones.

In the past ten months, though facing multiple difficulties from the unpredictable developments of the Covid-19 pandemic, the province has attracted 54 new projects, of which 17 are FDI projects, bringing the total to 2,035 projects, including 496 projects with foreign direct investment capital, with a total registered capital of 228,216 billion VND and 5.64 billion USD from 23 countries and territories.

The province also regularly participates in connecting the supply chain of export agricultural products. Thanks to that, Hung Yen longan has been present on Vietnam Airlines flights and put into the distribution system, transported to the international markets.

Boost cultural diplomacy and overseas Vietnamese works

In addition to international cooperation in investment, Hung Yen also promotes international integration in various fields, such as: health, education and training, tourism, etc., through mass media, talk shows, seminars for international visitors, and vice versa, through the working visits of provincial leaders to attend international fairs and investment promotion conferences. The province boosts cultural diplomacy, contributing to promoting and introducing the cultural history of Pho Hien and the potentials and advantages of the province to international friends.

One of the most impressive activity was in 2019, when the foreign affairs agency of Hung Yen advised to organize a cultural and art exchange program between the province and the Republic of Belarus. The province invited a Belarusian dance and music troupe to perform a total 15 performances and recorded an attendance of nearly 500 delegates. This diplomatic event has a significant meaning and promotes the cultural exchange of Vietnam - Belarus.

Regarding the work of foreigners and overseas Vietnamese, in 2018, the foreign affairs agency of Hung Yen has proactively consulted the Provincial Party Committee, the People's Council, the People's Committee, Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee of Hung Yen to successfully organize the Overseas Vietnamese Program attracting the attendance of about 500 overseas Vietnamese from the province, which is seclected as one of ten typical events of the province by the Provincial Radio and Television Station./.                                                                                                                                              

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