A delegation from the South Korean Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City led by the Consul General Kang Myong-il visited Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday to discuss future cooperation between both sides.
During a discussion with the editor-in-chief of Tuoi Tre, Le The Chu, the Consul General shared he had done several meetings with agencies in Ho Chi Minh City to establish connections with the local media.
About 100,000 South Koreans are currently living in the southern city, creating a small but diverse community, said Consul General Kang.
|The delegation of South Korean Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City visits and works with Tuoi Tre newspaper April 15, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre|
Acknowledging the diversity of this community, he hoped to deliver the merits of South Korean culture and people.
“After taking office in Vietnam, I have met a lot of representatives of Ho Chi Minh City. They mostly care about trade and the economic ties between the two countries. However, I believe, based on that foundation, we should learn and understand each other's cultures and societies, in order to enhance our collaboration,” said Consul General Kang.
Vietnam ranks fourth in top trading partners of South Korea, and the East Asia country is also the second biggest foreign investor in Vietnam.
This fact indicates the deep Vietnam-South Korea economic ties after 30 years of diplomatic relations.
Moreover, according to statistics from South Korea, Vietnam witnessed 4.3 million visits from South Koreans before the COVID-19 pandemic, which also means one in every 11 South Koreans has visited Vietnam.
Consul General Kang acknowledged the potentials of the city are not only attractive to South Korea, but also the United States and European countries, especially in eco-smart city development.
With comprehensive experiences collected from the renovation program of Seoul, South Korea is expected to be a strong partner for Ho Chi Minh City in the field.
In particular, during last month, the city authorities held a conference with South Korean businesses to discuss prospects for cooperation in new future projects.
Regarding Tuoi Tre, the Korean Consul General shared his expectation for the two sides to join hands in upcoming projects.
|Le The Chu, editor-in-chief of Tuoi Tre newspaper, introduces Tuoi Tre’s publications to the South Korean Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City, Kang Myong-il on April 15, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre|
He also hoped that the two agencies would coordinate to share information about the lives of the Korean people and the activities of Korean businesses in Ho Chi Minh City in particular and Vietnam in general.
Agreeing with the views of the Korean Consul General, Tuoi Tre’s editor-in-chief insisted that human connection is the foundation for economic cooperation between Vietnam and South Korea.
"South Korean corporates not only contribute greatly to our economy, but also share with us their governance styles and technology, furthering the development of Vietnam", Chu emphasized.
The editor-in-chief affirmed that the newspaper and the South Korean Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City have always maintained a good relationship up to now, and expressed the expectation that the mutual relationship would be even stronger in the future.