The four diplomats from foreign countries strolled down the streets in Hanoi to meet with sanitation workers and street vendors. They wanted to express their gratitude for their contributions and also give them lucky money, a tradition known as “li xi” in Vietnamese.

“As we approach Tet and the lunar Year of the Dragon, we all desire a more beautiful, happier, and fairer world for ourselves and our children. This cannot be achieved solely by governments,” said Thomas Gass, the Swiss Ambassador to Vietnam.

Gass emphasized that in order to create the better world we want, it requires the participation of all people, organizations, and private enterprises. They should contribute with their resources, capabilities, and insights.

“Sustainable development necessitates a society where everyone can engage in discussions about what needs to change, how it should change, and how they can contribute,” he added.

During their visit, Hilde Solbakken, the Norwegian Ambassador to Vietnam, had the chance to meet Tuyet, a sanitation worker, on one of the streets in Hanoi. Solbakken expressed her delight in witnessing the pride that Tuyet takes in her work.

“Another Tet is approaching, and it’s an opportune time to acknowledge the contributions of workers like Tuyet whom I met today,” she said.

She recognized the hard work that workers like Tuyet put in every day, especially during Tet, to keep the city clean and enjoyable for everyone.

“Tet is a time for appreciation and hope, so I wish everyone a joyful, healthy, and prosperous Year of the Dragon, filled with opportunities for meaningful employment and personal fulfillment,” Solbakken added.

The video, which lasts over three minutes, also features Ginny Chapman, the Acting Charge d’Affaires at the New Zealand Embassy in Vietnam. She visited a street stall and handed out lucky money to Hien, the stall owner, as a way to recognize her contribution to Vietnam’s economic growth.

Chapman emphasized the significant role played by workers like Hien in the Vietnamese economy. She noted that they provide a wide range of goods and services, many of which are more affordable for low-income residents.

She also highlighted that street vendors provide an alternative source of livelihood for many people who may struggle to find work elsewhere.

“And to me, street vendors add to the richness and diversity of the Vietnamese landscape,” Chapman added.

She concluded by wishing all the workers, including informal workers, the best of luck and happiness for the Year of the Dragon.

Shawn Steil, the Canadian Ambassador to Vietnam, also shared his wishes for the new year, stating, “I wish all of us, including informal workers, a more prosperous, mentally and physically healthy, and supportive year.”

Steil stressed the importance of supporting informal workers and ensuring everyone has access to decent work for a more inclusive and equitable society.

In the final scene, the four foreign diplomats and some local street vendors and sanitation employees bid “Happy New Year!” to end the video.

Ambassadors to Vietnam from the G4 countries, New Zealand, Canada, Norway, and Switzerland, send Tet wishes to the Vietnamese people. Video: Embassies of the G4 countries.