Wednesday, 11 December 2019, Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany: The Head of the State Chancellery and Minister of Culture, State Minister Rainer Robra, welcomed H.E. Ambassador Dr. Nguyễn Minh Vũ, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to Saxony-Anhalt on his inaugural visit.
During the meeting, the existing bilateral relations were acknowledged, and the further intensification of contacts were discussed.
In 2018, exports to Vietnam reached a volume of almost 24 million euros, while imports reached a peak of 52 million euros. Since 2004, the Office of the Delegate of German Business in Hanoi has had a State Representation of Saxony-Anhalt, which offers information, advisory, mediation, support and organizational services for companies from Saxony-Anhalt and Vietnam. Delegation trips to Vietnam are also organized on a regular basis. Most recently, Saxony-Anhalt’s Economics and Science Minister Prof. Dr. Willingmann visited Vietnam from 19 to 25 November with a delegation. Two cooperation agreements were concluded.
In the summer of 2019, the Magdeburg Chamber of Skilled Crafts conducted a further training project with vocational school teachers and trainers from companies in Vietnam at its vocational training centre.
The Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences and the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art Halle are cooperating with universities in Vietnam. 288 students from Vietnam were enrolled at the universities in Saxony-Anhalt in the winter semester 2018/19.
In 2013, the town twinning between Wernigerode and Hôi An was concluded, which among other things is characterised by regular mutual citizen meetings and a climate partnership that has existed since 2016.
Several friendship associations in Saxony-Anhalt are dedicated to spreading Vietnamese culture, expanding German-Vietnamese contacts and supporting and integrating Vietnamese citizens living in Saxony-Anhalt.
Picture by Sachsen-Anhalt State Chancellery, B. Rulf.