news Published on March 22, 2022

Vietnam-Netherlands Friendship Association in HCMC established

The Vietnam-Netherlands Friendship Association in HCMC was officially set up on the morning of Friday March 18, with a mission of promoting the friendship and cooperation between HCMC and the Netherlands and between Vietnam and the northwestern European country.

The association establishment congress was held at the headquarters of the HCMC Union of Friendship Organizations (HUFO) with the participation of senior representatives of the HCMC Home Affairs Department, HUFO, HUFO member associations, and the Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs in HCMC, and nearly 60 official and honorary members of the Vietnam-Netherlands Friendship Association in HCMC.

DBAV sent flowers to congratulate the Vietnam Netherlands Friendship Association with its establishment. 
Representing the Dutch side at the event were Dutch Consul General in HCMC Daniel Stork, Frank de Laats, Dutch consul in HCMC, Alexander Koch, Chairman of the Dutch Business Association in Vietnam (DBAV) and Managing Director of Heineken Vietnam. 

Among the main goals of the association is to assist organizations and businesses of the two countries to foster cooperation in multiple sectors such as financial services, commerce, tourism, culture, education, scientific research, technology transfer, hi-tech agriculture, clean energy, circular economy, flood control, climate change and social welfare, and sustainable development.

Nguyen Thi Thanh Tam (R) of the HCMC Home Affairs Department hands over the decision on the establishment of the Vietnam-Netherlands Friendship Association in HCMC to Tran Trong Dung (elected Chairman)

Since the Netherlands has strong partnership and cooperation ties in multiple fields with HCMC and Vietnam as a whole, many HCMC residents, especially those who used to study, work and live in the Netherlands, expressed a need to have an association to promote friendship ties with the Dutch people.

Therefore, Tran Trong Dung, vice chairman of the Vietnam Journalists’ Association and chairman of the HCMC Journalists’ Association, met and asked four other interested people to join him in promoting the setting up of the friendship association.

Thanks to the enthusiastic support of HUFO and HCMC authorities, the five called on individuals and organizations to participate in the effort to form the Vietnam-Netherlands Friendship Association in HCMC.

Daniel Stork, Consul General of the Netherlands in HCMC, delivers his remarks at the association establishment congress

Among the main goals of the association is to assist organizations and businesses of the two countries to foster cooperation in multiple sectors such as financial services, commerce, tourism, culture, education, scientific research, technology transfer, hi-tech agriculture, clean energy, circular economy, flood control, climate change and social welfare, and sustainable development.

The association also expects to arrange Netherlands trips for members to visit and learn about the nation, culture and people of the Netherlands, as well as to join hands with HUFO to meet and work with Dutch delegations to HCMC.

The executive board of the association in the 2022-2027 tenure has 15 members and the inspection board has three members.

DBAV Chairman Alexander Koch receives a gift as a honorary guest of the friendship association

Source: Saigontimes