The August 28 gathering was attended by more than 350 Brazilian parliamentarians, officials, diplomats and representatives from the local business community.

Vietnam national flag. Photo for illustration 

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Ambassador Do Ba Khoa reminded his guests of the important milestone in Vietnam’s history 72 years ago when the August Revolution took place and of the country’s achievements in ensuring stability, strengthening national unity, economic development, improving living standards for people, expanding relations with foreign countries and implementing UN Millennium Development Goals.

Khoa highlighted the development of Vietnam-Brazil cooperation in politics, economy and trade, security and defense, science and industry, and culture and education since the two countries established a comprehensive partnership in 2007. The development is also reflected by the two nations’ support for each other at international and regional forums, he added.

He went on to give attendees an overview of Vietnam-Brazil relations in economy and trade, saying two-way trade grew from USD 59 million in 2004 to USD 4 billion in 2015 and was estimated at USD 3.2 billion last year.

Vietnam’s Hue and Hai Phong cities have set up sister-city relations with Brazil’s São Luis, Maranhão and Curitiba, Paraná, respectively while people-to-people relations have also been enhanced with the establishment of Vietnam – Brazil friendship organizations, the ambassador added.

Vietnam and Brazil have potential for development in tourism cooperation, he said, voicing his hope to deepen ties between the two countries.

Source: VNA