Impressions of Singapore from Ambassador Tao Thi Thanh Huong: A Land Full of Wonders and Determination

Ambassador Tao Thi Thanh Huong shared a sentiment of fondness as she reflected upon her tenure in Singapore, stating: "My time with Singapore has become an unforgettable part of my diplomatic life."

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Ambassador Tao Thi Thanh Huong's Impression of Singapore: Land of Surprises and Perseverance
Ambassador Tao Thi Thanh Huong speaks at a New Year celebration held in Singapore.
Photo: VNA

What is your impression of the country and people of Singapore?

Singapore is a small country that continues to surprise me with its amazing achievements. Despite its limited land and natural resources, Singapore has managed to become the world’s leading developed country in just one generation. It is a country that perseveres and always finds a way to overcome challenges, as seen in its increasing FDI even during the global economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

One interesting memory I have is when the embassy organized an exhibition of Vietnamese paintings in Singapore, where a painting was famously transferred to authorities for pre-valuation due to Singapore’s strict regulations against accepting gifts. The Minister of Manpower eventually paid for the painting and donated to a Vietnamese charity.

Ambassador Tao Thi Thanh Huong's Impression of Singapore: Land of Surprises and Perseverance
Ambassador Cao Thi Thanh Huong on a meeting with YCH Group, a leading corporation in supply chain and logistics in Singapore.
Photo: PA

You made great efforts to promote economic diplomacy with prominent business forums. What are the changes in economic cooperation between the two countries in recent years?

Singapore’s small size and population have not hindered its economic success. The country has strategically positioned itself as a regional center in finance, trade, investment, services, and transportation. Through economic cooperation, Singapore has provided investment and export opportunities for Vietnam, resulting in significant growth in Singapore’s investment in Vietnam, making it the largest investor in the country.

Ambassador Tao Thi Thanh Huong's Impression of Singapore: Land of Surprises and Perseverance
Ambassador Cao Thi Thanh Huong in the event of beating the gong to open the Singapore stock exchange SGX.
Photo: PA

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The “predestined” relationship with Singapore is probably still a part of your life to this day? What do you expect about the future of relations between the two countries?

My time in Singapore has had a profound impact on my diplomatic life, and the “predestined” relationship continues to play a role in my life. I am inspired by Singapore’s achievements and continue to learn from their policies and lessons for Vietnam’s economic development. I believe that the relationship between Vietnam and Singapore will continue to grow and flourish.

Rosie Nguyen