Indian cultural festival underway in HCMC and Khanh Hoa

The Consulate General of India in Ho Chi Minh City is hosting a cultural event called ‘Namaste Vietnam Festival 2022’ in HCMC and Khanh Hoa from August 12-21.
(08.14) 'Namaste Vietnam Festival 2022', an cultural event hosted by the Indian Consulate General in HCM City, is launched on August 13. (Photo: VNA)
'Namaste Vietnam Festival 2022', a cultural event hosted by the Indian Consulate General in HCM City, is launched on August 13. (Source: VNA)

The event aims to boost cultural exchange and step up cooperation in trade, investment, education, information technology, tourism and healthcare between the two countries.

Addressing the August 13 opening ceremony in HCM City, Indian Ambassador to Vietnam Pranay Verma said the cultural festival was first scheduled for the beginning of this year on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties (January 1, 1972-2022) but had to be postponed due to COVID-19.

According to the diplomat, during this festival, India wants to promote three key elements: Trade, Connectivity and Culture. Moreover, it is also part of India’s Look East Policy in which Vietnam holds a very important position. The Ambassador noted that the festival plays a significant part in enhancing connectivity and cultural exchange, as well as promoting trade and investment between the two sides.

In his remarks, Director of the municipal Department of External Affairs Tran Phuoc Anh expressed his belief that the event will be a success, contributing to taking the bilateral diplomatic ties to a new height.

For him, while the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the global economy and turned the lives of millions of Vietnamese and Indians upside down over the last two years. Nevertheless, the relations between Vietnamese and Indian people have grown closer than ever.

The official stated that as the virus kept at bay and the economy rebounding, this is a good time for the two people to strengthen their bonds and explore opportunities for expanding partnership.

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(Source: VNA)