Vietnam Celebrates 78th National Day in Brazil

South America's largest and most important partner for Vietnam is Brazil.

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The Vietnamese Embassy in Brazil recently held a ceremony in Brasilia to commemorate the 78th National Day of Vietnam (September 2, 1945-2023), according to a report by VNA.

The ceremony was attended by Eduardo Paes Saboia, the Brazilian Deputy Foreign Minister in charge of Asia, the Pacific, and Russia, along with more than 300 guests representing ministries, agencies, local authorities, business partners, ambassadors/heads of representative agencies, and defense attaches from other countries.

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The Vietnamese Embassy in Brazil organized the 78th anniversary of the National Day of Vietnam. Photo: VNA

Ambassador Pham Thi Kim Hoa highlighted Vietnam’s significant achievements over the past 78 years and expressed Vietnam’s willingness to collaborate in addressing global challenges for sustainable and comprehensive development.

She emphasized that Brazil is always a key partner for Vietnam in South America, particularly in economic and trade relations. The bilateral trade volume between the two countries has been consistently increasing and has reached nearly USD 7 billion. Additionally, cultural, educational, and tourism exchanges between Vietnam and Brazil continue to strengthen the bond between the two nations.

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Vietnamese and international officials attend the ceremony. Photo: VNA

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation will visit Brazil later this month, making it the first high-level visit by Vietnamese leaders in the last 15 years. This visit demonstrates the mutual respect between the two countries and their commitment to deepening their relationship.

Deputy Foreign Minister Eduardo Paes Saboia, representing the Brazilian Government, extended congratulations to Ambassador Kim Hoa, officials, and families of the Vietnamese Embassy, and the Vietnamese community in Brazil on the occasion of the National Day. He emphasized that the visit will be a significant milestone in the relations between Brazil and Vietnam.

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Brazilian Deputy Foreign Minister Eduardo Paes Saboia and Vietnamese Ambassador Pham Thi Kim Hoa make a toast. Photo: VNA

As Brazil and Vietnam will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations in 2024, Deputy Foreign Minister Saboia expressed hopes that President Lula da Silva will make an official visit to Vietnam on that occasion.

Brazil considers Vietnam one of its long-term partners in Southeast Asia, with collaborations in various sectors such as food security, energy, tourism, culture, business, and people-to-people exchanges. Deputy Foreign Minister Saboia highlighted Vietnam’s role in ASEAN as an important region in the world today.

During the celebration, the embassy showcased photos depicting the life and career of President Ho Chi Minh to international friends.

78th National Day of Vietnam Marked in Brazil
Introducing photos about the life and career of President Ho Chi Minh at the celebration. Photo: VNA

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh will lead a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation to attend the General Debate of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly, conduct bilateral activities in the US, and pay an official visit to Brazil from September 17-26, according to the Foreign Ministry.

The PM’s visit to Brazil is made at the invitation of President Lula da Silva.

Brazil is Vietnam’s trading partner in Latin America and one of the three largest markets for Vietnam in the Americas market, according to the Vietnam Trade Office in Brazil.

The General Department of Customs reported that in the first four months of 2023, bilateral trade turnover between Vietnam and Brazil reached USD 2.32 billion, a decrease of 2.4% compared to the same period in 2022. Vietnam’s exports to Brazil exceeded USD 855 million, an increase of 14%, while Vietnam’s imports from Brazil amounted to USD 1.4 billion, a decrease of 10% compared to the same period in 2022.

Vietnam’s exports to Brazil during the first four months of 2023 included iron and steel, means of transport and spare parts, bags and suitcases, machinery and equipment, textiles, materials for textiles, garments, and footwear, rubber, seafood, and phones and components.

Meanwhile, Vietnam mainly imported raw materials and accessories for domestic production from Brazil, such as corn, machinery, equipment and spare parts, and plastic materials.

Hannah Nguyen