VUFO’s President Nguyen Phuong Nga hands over the insignia to Ambassador Yerlan Baizhanov.

The VUFO’s noble award was in recognition of the Kazakh diplomat’s invaluable contribution to strengthening mutual understanding, friendship, exchange, and cooperation between the two countries.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony in Hanoi, VUFO President Nguyen Phuong Nga said during his over four years in office in Vietnam, Ambassador Baizhanov has made significant contribution to the successful arrangement of high-level mutual visits. He has also played a crucial role in maintaining regular political consultations and dialogues at various levels.

Notably, he collaborated with the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs to welcome President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to Vietnam from August 20 to 22, marking the first trip to Vietnam by a Kazakh President in 12 years.

He also actively joined external activities held by VUFO, as well as engaged in cultural and people-to-people diplomacy, contributing to bringing the people of Vietnam and Kazakhstan closer together.

According to the Vietnamese Ambassador, two-way trade between Vietnam and Kazakhstan has grown by about 28% on average each year. The figure hit nearly USD 600 million last year. By the end of 2022, the first direct flight between Almaty and Nha Trang was inaugurated, enabling around 10,000 Kazakh tourists to visit Vietnam each year.

Mrs. Nga wished that in the near future, the Kazakh Ambassador would further contribute to people-to-people diplomacy between the two nations, thus further deepening the relationship between the two countries across the board.

Delegates in a joint photo

The Kazakh Ambassador, for his part, expressed the honor to receive the insignia and affirmed that in any position, he will make further contribution to the development of bilateral friendship and cooperation.

Translated by Chung Anh