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Dec 03, 2022 / 23:47

Thailand, Vietnam urged to be more proactive in new int’l challenges

The cooperation in international issues has made the two countries leading trade partners in ASEAN and shared common goals in the Greater Mekong Subregion.

Thailand and Vietnam should look toward taking on a more proactive role in shaping the new and emerging international system.

Thai Ambassador to Vietnam Nikorndej Balankura delivers a speech at the ceremony held in Hanoi on Dec 2. Photos: Minh Nguyen

It’s an idea shared by Thai Ambassador to Vietnam Nikorndej Balankura in celebration of the National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand held in Hanoi on December 2.

The view reflects the two countries’ aspirations for further cooperation as they enter into the 10th year of their Strategic Partnership in 2023.

“Through coalition-building and agenda-setting, Thailand and Vietnam can increase our countries’ leverage and strategic position, as well as that of sub-regional and regional groupings like ACMECS, ASEAN, and APEC,” Ambassador Balankura said.

Thai Ambassador to Vietnam Nikorndej Balankura and Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Vu make a toast at the ceremony. 

Most recently, Thailand hosted the 2022 APEC Economic Leaders’ Week in Bangkok on November 14-19, an event that demonstrated even closer cooperation between Thailand and Viet Nam. Not only did President Nguyen Xuan Phuc attend the APEC Economic Leaders Meeting, but he also made a four-day official visit to Thailand, by invitation of the Thai Prime Minister.

The Vietnamese side supported Thailand as Chair to achieve consensus on the APEC Leaders’ Declaration, the APEC Ministerial Joint Statement, and the Bangkok Goals on Bio-Circular-Green (BCG) Economy.

The bilateral outcomes of the visit ranged from the Plan of Action for the Thailand – Viet Nam Strengthened Strategic Partnership for 2022 – 2027, the establishment of Sister City relations between Thai and Vietnamese provinces, to Memorandums of Understanding between their financial institutions and between their Chambers of Commerce. 

 Vietnam's Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Minh Vu (4th from right) and ASEAN Ambassadors at the event. 

On bilateral relations, over 46 years of Thailand-Vietnam diplomatic relations, they achieved outstanding success in cooperation. Today, Vietnam is Thailand's biggest investment destination.

Thailand is Vietnam’s biggest trading partner in ASEAN with two-day trade of US$19 billion in 2021.

On this note, during the Vietnamese President’s official visit to Thailand on November 16, 2022, the two leaders reiterated their commitment to increase bilateral trade to US$25 – 30 billion by 2025.

In terms of investment, Thailand is Vietnam’s 8th biggest investor with nearly 700 projects worth $13 billion.

Ambassador Balankura said this is indicative of the strength of cooperation and potential for prosperity between Thailand and Viet Nam when they join hands and work together. Such substantive and positive deliverables point to the multi-layered friendship that Thailand and Viet Nam enjoy and will continue to build on, he added.

“Together, we shall work to ensure a more prosperous and sustainable future for our countries and peoples, as well as contribute strategically to the geopolitical balance at the regional level and on the global stage,” he emphasized.

 A Vietnamese artist in C ASEAN Band performs at the event. 

On December 2, 2022, at Melia Hotel, the Royal Thai Embassy organized the reception in celebration of the Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, the National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand, and Thailand’s Father’s Day.

At the event, there are two main exhibitions, including “Phuket Corner” to promote Thailand’s candidacy for the specialized expo in 2028 under the theme “Future of Life: Living in Harmony, Sharing prosperity”. Phuket Expo will be focused on 3Ps: People, Planet and Prosperity. These 3Ps are three deeply intertwined factors to build a sustainable future for humankind.

Another exhibition is “Thai Select” corner, the name of the award granted by the Thai Ministry of Commerce, to display Thai delicacies by Thai restaurants in Hanoi.

For the performance, there will be a musical performance by C ASEAN, the one and only ASEAN traditional ensemble using the universal language of music to build a bridge that intertwines ASEAN countries’ heritages and creates stronger bonds of understanding, friendship, and collaboration among the ASEAN community.

 A Thai artist in C ASEAN performs at the ceremony. 

Regarding locality-to-locality cooperation, Thailand and Vietnam established 18 pairs of sister cities, including Hanoi and Bangkok.

Accordingly, Hanoi and Bangkok have shared enhanced exchange visits and cooperation in trade, investment, tourism, education, culture, and people-to-people ties.

The two cities have shared experiences in urban transport management, flooding prevention, and air pollution control.

The cooperation between the two cities, on the basis of mutual benefit and within the limits of their financial and technical capabilities, focuses on city planning, human resource management, and the promotion of public health.

Among the fields, the two cities have focused on tourism thanks to high flight frequency.

Currently, there have about 1,500 Thai people living in Hanoi, 500 in Ho Chi Minh City, and 1,000 in other localities. Meanwhile, the Vietnamese community in Thailand is about 100,000.