“Italian culture is much more than that,” the diplomat declared during an interview with Tuoi Tre News on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Italy. He further emphasized the importance of the strong cultural ties between the two countries, and the need to continue to foster them.

What does Italy mean to you?

We are heading to a mixed development. Culture, commerce, and sciences in Italy are indispensable for the progress of the nation. Through the blend of these three entities, Italy has seen its fashion sector grow and develop over time. By combining the cultural, commercial, and scientific aspects, the country has been able to achieve success in this area.

Now, we have technology to join in the aggregate. For example, a car can incorporate a mix of Italian technology and esthetics that we already have in our architecture and interior design. This can create a unique combination of style and sophistication that will turn heads and make a statement. Moreover, this union of technology and artistry can result in a product that will be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.

We are striving to introduce and promote the aggregate all together. I am confident that this is one of the best methods for growth. I am sure that the Vietnamese people will highly value this approach as well.

We also have projects to bring culture to the younger generations, such as music, art, and theater.

Speaking of culture, my opinion is that the preservation of heritage is of great importance. In Italy, we take great pride in maintaining our ancient towns, and we are also helping the Vietnamese to do the same. We have also initiated several projects to introduce culture to younger generations, such as music, art, and theater.

As you can see, nestled near Da Nang, Vietnam lies the remnants of the Champa Kingdom. This provides evidence of the country’s diverse and rich heritage, making it all the more important to protect and preserve these sites. By doing so, Vietnam can continue to honor its long and storied history.

Is Vietnamese food popular in Italy, despite the fact that Italian food is well-known to the Vietnamese?

Recently, a Vietnamese female chef won second place at the Italian MasterChef competition, showing just how much Italians love Vietnamese cuisine. Despite the complexity and variety of Italian cuisine, Vietnamese dishes have made their mark in the culinary world, proving their immense popularity. With this accolade, the female chef has set an example for aspiring Vietnamese cooks in Italy, demonstrating just how far they can go with their talent and creativity.

Every Italian tourist who visits Vietnam loves Vietnamese food. And for me, I think that Vietnamese cuisine is nutritious and has unique flavors that we cannot find in Italy.

Many Italian dishes have a variety of vegetables, though they may not always be as prominently featured as they are in Vietnamese cuisine. There are a plethora of vegetables used in Italian cooking, including tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, onions, eggplants, zucchini, asparagus, spinach, broccoli, and more. While it may be harder to find dishes with leafy greens, there are still plenty of options that feature a variety of vegetables and flavors.

Italians typically do not embrace the fast-food culture, where you eat quickly and then hurry away. Instead, there is a shared perspective on slow-paced food, where you can sit down and converse with friends and family while enjoying the meal. This attitude is widely accepted throughout the country.

I have tried Italian food cooked by Vietnamese chefs, and I have to say that it is just as delicious as that cooked by Italians. The combination of flavors and techniques from both cultures makes for a unique and memorable culinary experience.

The year 2022 saw a tremendous increase in commercial trading between the two countries. While the investment sector has proven to be highly remunerative, it is true that both our economies have the same outlook and are in agreement?

I believe that the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) would assist in increasing bilateral commerce even more, with Ho Chi Minh City placing as the main locality because it is Vietnam’s economic locomotive. The southern area is home to two-thirds of all Italian firms. As a result, Ho Chi Minh City has Italy’s most significant economic contributions.

The Consulate General of Italy in Ho Chi Minh City was constructed 10 years ago with the intention of fostering closer ties between Italy and Vietnam. This has been evidenced by the increased political and commercial cooperation between the two countries over the past decade. The city is expected to continue to play a pivotal role in the bilateral relations of both nations.

This is allowing the country to become an attractive destination for foreign direct investments (FDIs).

In terms of investment, there is no doubt that Vietnam is no longer a country that specializes solely in low-wage labor manufacturing. That may have been the case in the past, but the country’s economy is now home to a highly skilled, tech-savvy, and essential workforce, making it an attractive destination for foreign direct investments (FDIs). This is a major factor in the nation’s evolving economic success and growth.

Recently, there has been an influx of high-tech Italian enterprises investing in Vietnam to employ well-trained tech engineers. These businesses are looking to capitalize on the country’s highly skilled workforce and foster economic growth. By bringing new technologies and resources to the region, these companies are helping to create jobs and drive innovation in the tech industry. As a result, Vietnam is quickly becoming a hub for cutting-edge technology and development. With the help of these investments, the country is poised to become a major player in the global tech market.

Indeed, high-tech Italian firms have made significant investments in Vietnam to hire experienced engineers and technicians. As a result, I am confident that high technology will be a major factor in our future collaboration. High-tech Italian solutions will no doubt bring immense benefits to a range of sectors in Vietnam, particularly in Ho Chi Minh City.

As part of this collaboration, Ho Chi Minh City has embraced some of the best practices, initiatives, and projects of Turin, such as the development of public transportation networks, energy efficiency programs, and green infrastructure. The two cities have also worked together to create a business-friendly environment, promote innovation, and attract investments. Moreover, there have been discussions between the two cities on the potential for cooperation in the fields of smart cities, urban planning, and cultural heritage.

As far as I am aware, Ho Chi Minh City has established a fruitful collaboration with the city of Turin, the birthplace of the world-renowned Italian automobile manufacturer Fiat. This partnership has enabled Turin to undergo a successful transition from a primarily industrial-based city to one focused on technology and services. As part of this collaboration, Ho Chi Minh City has adopted some of Turin’s most successful initiatives, such as the development of public transportation networks, energy efficiency programs, and green infrastructure. In addition, the two cities have partnered to create a business-friendly environment, foster innovation, and attract investments. Furthermore, both cities have discussed the potential for cooperation in the fields of smart cities, urban planning, and cultural heritage.

This could lead to potential investment in joint ventures, research, and development for both countries.

Furthermore, there is a potential new arena in which our two nations may collaborate: the space industry. When it comes to this sector, Italy is among the top three in the EU and we are collaborating with Vietnam’s space centers. This could lead to potential investments in joint ventures, research, and development for both countries.

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The Consul General of Italy in Ho Chi Minh City, Enrico Padula, has come to understand that when it comes to his country, the Vietnamese people only know of the “three Fs”: food, fashion, and football.

“Italian culture is surely much more than that,” the diplomat said during an interview with Tuoi Tre News on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Italy. He emphasized that Italy is a country with a long and rich history, filled with beautiful art, architecture, food, and music.

What does “Italy” mean to you?

We are heading towards a “mixed” development. Culture, commerce, and sciences in Italy are indispensable components of the country’s success. Through the centuries, these elements have been intertwined, which is why the Italian fashion industry has flourished so well.

Now, we have the technology to join forces and create an even more remarkable amalgamation. For instance, a car can be designed with the perfect mix of Italian technology and Italian aesthetics that we already know and love in our architecture and interior design. This allows us to craft something truly remarkable – a car that perfectly blends the two together to create something that is both beautiful and technologically advanced.

We are trying our best to introduce and promote the aggregate all together. This is an excellent way to foster development and I’m sure that the Vietnamese people will highly appreciate it.

We are helping to preserve many of their old buildings, and also, we are engaging with the local communities to help them understand their culture and to preserve it.

Speaking of culture, my opinion is that the preservation of heritage is of paramount importance. In Italy, we are committed to safeguarding our old towns and architecture, and we are also actively engaged in supporting the Vietnamese in their efforts to preserve their heritage. Through collaborative initiatives, we are working to ensure that the local communities understand and respect their culture, and that they are able to preserve it for generations to come.

As you can see, the remains of the Champa Kingdom near Da Nang in Vietnam demonstrate the country’s rich diversity of heritage sites, highlighting its long and fascinating history. This makes heritage preservation in the region all the more important.

Are Italian people familiar with Vietnamese cuisine? Is Vietnamese food widely enjoyed in Italy?

Recently, a Vietnamese female chef won second place in the Italian Masterchef competition, proving that the Italians love Vietnamese dishes, even though the Italian cuisine is quite complicated. This is a great testament to the quality of Vietnamese food in Italy.

Every Italian tourist who visits Vietnam is invariably enamored of its unique cuisine. To me, Vietnamese food is both nourishing and packed with flavors that are simply unavailable in Italy.

Some Vietnamese have raised concerns that there is a lack of green vegetables in Italian cuisine. While Italian cuisine offers a variety of dishes, it is often difficult to find a dish with a substantial amount of green vegetables. To address this issue, incorporating more vegetables, such as leafy greens, into Italian dishes can provide a more diverse and nutrient-rich meal.

Italians don’t typically embrace the fast-food culture of eating quickly and then leaving. Instead, we favor a more leisurely approach to meals, where you take time to savor your food and have conversations with your companions. It’s an attitude we all share.

I have tried Italian food cooked by Vietnamese chefs, and I must say that the results were remarkable. Not only was the flavor outstanding, but the texture and presentation were exquisite. It was as if the chefs had a special knack for perfectly capturing the essence of Italian cuisine. The meal left me feeling satisfied and wanting to experience more of the wonderful flavors that Vietnamese chefs can offer.

The year 2022 has been marked by an unprecedented level of commercial trading between the two countries. While the investment sector has been a lucrative one, is it accurate to say that our economies are seeing eye-to-eye when it comes to the matter?

I believe that the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) would assist in increasing bilateral commerce even more, with Ho Chi Minh City placing as the main locality because it is Vietnam’s economic locomotive. The southern area is home to two-thirds of all Italian firms. As a result, Ho Chi Minh City has Italy’s most important economic contributions.

The Consulate General of Italy in Ho Chi Minh City was established 10 years ago in order to foster closer ties between Italy and Vietnam, both politically and commercially. As the city continues to grow and develop, it is expected to play an increasingly important role in bilateral trade, providing a platform for strengthening the bonds between the two countries.

This has enabled the country to become an attractive destination for foreign direct investment (FDI). There are a number of reasons why FDI is increasing in Vietnam. The country’s economic growth rate and stable political environment make it an attractive destination for foreign investors. Additionally, the country has a well-educated population, a relatively low cost of labor, and a large consumer market. All these factors increase the potential returns for foreign investors. Furthermore, the Vietnamese government has also established several incentives and regulations that make it easier for foreign companies to do business in the country. This includes a number of tax incentives, such as a preferential corporate income tax rate and reduced land rental fees. Additionally, there are also various financial incentives for foreign investors, such as low-interest loans and grants. With all these factors in place, it is no wonder that FDI is continuing to rise in Vietnam. The country has become an increasingly attractive destination for both domestic and foreign investors, and this trend is likely to continue in the future.

Recently, high-tech enterprises from Italy have made a strategic investment in Vietnam to take advantage of the country’s well-trained tech engineers. This move reflects the growing global trend of businesses looking to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the highly skilled and cost-effective workforce in the Southeast Asian nation. By hiring tech engineers in Vietnam, these Italian businesses can help cut costs, utilize the latest technologies, and accelerate their growth. The influx of investments from foreign investors is also likely to open up more employment opportunities for the locals, further boosting the nation’s economy.

Indeed, high-tech Italian firms have made significant investments in Vietnam to hire experienced engineers and technicians. As a result, I am confident that high technology will play an essential role in advancing our collaboration. High-tech Italian solutions can offer various advantages to the people of Vietnam, particularly in Ho Chi Minh City.

The collaboration between the two cities is expected to bring mutual benefits in terms of their respective development strategies.

As far as I am aware, Ho Chi Minh City has entered into a mutually beneficial partnership with the city of Turin, Italy – the birthplace of the prominent Italian automotive manufacturer Fiat. Turin has made a successful transition from a city heavily reliant on traditional and heavy industries to a city that is now focused on technology and services. The collaboration between the two cities is likely to bring positive outcomes for both in terms of their respective development objectives.

Furthermore, there is a potential new domain in which our two nations may collaborate: the space industry. When it comes to this sector, Italy is ranked among the top three in the European Union and we are in partnership with Vietnam’s space centers.

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