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‘Hello, Vietnam!’: SSEAYP 2019 ambassadors arrive in Ho Chi Minh City

Monday, November 11, 2019, 18:17 GMT+7
‘Hello, Vietnam!’: SSEAYP 2019 ambassadors arrive in Ho Chi Minh City
Myanmar delegates of the SSEAYP 2019 wave their national flags as they disembark from the Nippon Maru ship at Cat Lai Port in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, November 10, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Three hundred and twenty-eight outstanding delegates and young people from ten ASEAN countries and Japan on the 46th Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) 2019 arrived in Ho Chi Minh City on Sunday afternoon.

SSEAYP is a cooperation program that has been organized by the governments of Japan and the ten member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) since 1974, with a view to fostering friendship among their youth.

During the program, SSEAYP ambassadors will have the unique opportunity to live together on board the Japanese cruise ship Nippon Maru for over 40 days and travel across Japan and the ten ASEAN countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia.

Vietnam is the ship’s first stop this year after its departure from Japan on November 3.

This is also the 17th time the Nippon Maru has carried SSEAYP ambassadors to visit Ho Chi Minh City.

Malaysian ambassadors of the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) wave their national flags as they arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on November 10, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Malaysian ambassadors of the Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Program (SSEAYP) wave their national flags as they arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on November 10, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese delegates of the SSEAYP 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese delegates of the SSEAYP 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Upon their arrival at Cat Lai Port in District 2 on Sunday, the 328 ambassadors were warmly received by the Vietnamese hosts.

As the delegates of each country disembarked from the cruise ship, they formed lines on the gangway and chanted “Xin chao Viet Nam!” (Hello, Vietnam!) while waving their national flags.

Speaking at the reception ceremony, Nguyen Ngoc Luong, secretary of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and vice-chairman of the National Council of Youth, expressed gratitude to the Japanese and ASEAN governments participating in the program.

Nguyen Ngoc Luong, secretary of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Youth Union and vice chairman of the National Council of Youth, speaks at the reception ceremony for the SSEAYP 2019 at Cat Lai Port in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, November 10, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Nguyen Ngoc Luong, secretary of the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and vice-chairman of the National Council of Youth, speaks at the reception ceremony for the SSEAYP 2019 at Cat Lai Port in District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, November 10, 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

After the reception, the 328 outstanding delegates and young people attended a cultural exchange event with Ho Chi Minh City’s youth at the hall of the city’s Party Committee in District 3, where 14 performances were staged by the hosts and guests on Sunday evening.

The delegates are expected to engage in several activities to learn about the culture, economic and social situation, and people of Ho Chi Minh City during their four-day stay in the southern Vietnamese metropolis.

Since its inauguration, SSEAYP has brought about 12,000 young people on its voyages.

Vietnam participated in the program for the first time in 1996 and has since sent around 700 representatives on board the Nippon Maru.

This year, Vietnam has 28 delegates joining the 46th SSEAYP.

The Philippines' delegates of the SSEAYP 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

The Philippines' delegates of the SSEAYP 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Cambodian delegates of the SSEAYP 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Cambodian delegates of the SSEAYP 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Thai delegates of the SSEAYP 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Thai delegates of the SSEAYP 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Indonesian delegates of the SSEAYP 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Indonesian delegates of the SSEAYP 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A young Vietnamese woman presents a cap to a Bruneian delegate of the SSEAYP 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

A young Vietnamese woman (R) presents a hat to a Bruneian delegate of the SSEAYP 2019. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Cambodian delegates of the SSEAYP 2019 perform at the cultural exchange night at the hall of the Ho Chi Minh City's Party Committee in District 3, November 10, 2019. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

Cambodian delegates of the SSEAYP 2019 perform at the cultural exchange night at the hall of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee in District 3, November 10, 2019. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

Singaporean delegates of the SSEAYP 2019 perform at the cultural exchange night at the hall of the Ho Chi Minh City's Party Committee in District 3, November 10, 2019. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

Singaporean delegates of the SSEAYP 2019 perform at the cultural exchange night at the hall of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee in District 3, November 10, 2019. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese delegates of the SSEAYP 2019 perform at the cultural exchange night at the hall of the Ho Chi Minh City's Party Committee in District 3, November 10, 2019. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese delegates of the SSEAYP 2019 perform at the cultural exchange night at the hall of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee in District 3, November 10, 2019. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

Lao delegates of the SSEAYP 2019 watch performances at the cultural exchange night at the hall of the Ho Chi Minh City's Party Committee in District 3, November 10, 2019. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

Lao delegates of the SSEAYP 2019 watch performances at the cultural exchange night at the hall of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee in District 3, November 10, 2019. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

Young people cheer for performances at the cultural exchange night of the SSEAYP 2019 at the hall of the Ho Chi Minh City's Party Committee in District 3, November 10, 2019. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

Young people cheer for performances at the cultural exchange night of the SSEAYP 2019 at the hall of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee in District 3, November 10, 2019. Photo: Cong Trieu / Tuoi Tre

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