Vietnam Days held in Myanmar for first time
Updated : Tuesday, May 08, 2018 3:00 PM (GMT+0700)

A programme entitled “Vietnam Days inMyanmar” kicked off on May 7, featuring a wide range of cultural activities andart performances, photo and handicraft exhibitions, fashion shows, andworkshops connecting enterprises from the two countries. 

Vietnamese Ambassador to Myanmar Luan Thuy Duong (green long dress) and
international guests at the opening ceremony - Source: VNA

Inher opening speech, Vietnamese Ambassador to Myanmar Luan Thuy Duonghighlighted the significance of the programme – the first event of its kindheld in Myanmar, saying that it aims to celebrate the 43rd foundinganniversary of Vietnam-Myanmar diplomatic ties. 

Itwas also part of activities to concretize the Vietnam-Myanmar CulturalCooperation Programme for 2017-2020 signed by leaders of the two countries inAugust 2017, and the Vietnam-Myanmar Joint Statement issued on the occasion ofMyanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Vietnam in April2018, Duong said. 

Theambassador expressed her hope that the four-day event will contribute tobolstering culture and tourism links, and people-to-people exchanges betweenthe two countries. 

MyanmarMinister of Hotels and Tourism Ohn Maung affirmed that the event not onlyintroduced Vietnam’s potential and unique culture, but also enhancedfriendship, cooperation and mutual understanding between the Myanmar andVietnamese people.

Vietnamand Myanmar is enjoying effective tourism cooperation, he stressed, noting thatmore and more Myanmar people have been travelling to Vietnam in recentyears. 

Theminister suggested establishing a joint working group on tourism cooperationbetween Myanmar’s Ministry of Hotels and Tourism and Vietnam’s Culture, Sportsand Tourism, and emphasised the need to devise measures to facilitatecollaboration between the two countries in this field. 

Duringthe opening ceremony, more than 30 Vietnamese artists brought specialperformances to the audiences, especially those to introduce the country’sUNESCO-recognised intangible cultural heritages.

Thepresentation of Ao dai (traditional long dress) collection “Hoa tren vai gam”(Flowers on brocade) by designer Vinh Thuy, which was sewn and paintedmanually, was also a highlight of the ceremony.

Aprogramme connecting enterprises operating in tourism and handicraft was heldafter the opening ceremony, seeing the participation of 25 companies from thetwo countries.

Over100 photos are being displayed at an exhibition in Myanmar Plaza in the secondday of the event, giving visitors a panoramic view of Vietnam’s naturallandscapes and people.

Source: VNA

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