International Francophone Day observed in Ha Noi (22:28 17/03/2019)

HNP - The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) in collaboration with the Ha Noi People’s Committee, the Asia - Pacific Regional Office of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), and the Group of Francophone Embassies, Delegations and Institutions in Viet Nam (GADIF) held a ceremony to mark International Francophone Day at the Ly Thai To Square on March 15. 

Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung and delegates visit a traditional product booth of Ha Noi

The event saw the attendance of Le Hoai Trung, member of the Party Central Committee (PCC), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs;  Nguyen Thuy Anh, PCC member, Chairwoman of the National Assembly’s Committee on Social Affairs and Chairwoman of the  the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophone (APF)'s Viet Nam Sub-Committee. 
Among Ha  Noi’s leaders were Nguyen Duc Chung, PCC member and Chairman of the Municipal People’s Committee; Phung Thi Hong Ha, Vice Chairwoman of the Municipal People’s Council.
Eric Normand Thibeault, Director of the OIF’s Asia-Pacific Regional Office; Anne Lange, Chairwoman of the GADIF along with representatives from embassies and diplomatic missionsin Viet Nam also attended the event. 
Addressing the ceremony, MOFA Deputy Minister Le Hoai Trung praised thecooperation outcomes obtained by the Francophone community and their active contributions to settling global issues, such as poverty reduction, climate change adaption, among others.
Viet Nam has always made more effort to boost the solidarity and collaboration within the community for peace, stability and sustainable growth in the world, the diplomat stressed.
According to Deputy Minister Le Hoai Trung, along with the festival in Ha Noi, a wide range of cultural activities are held in many localities nationwide, namely, Hue, Can Tho, Ho Chi Minh to celebrate International Francophone Day. 
Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung applauded the organization of many cultural activities in Ha Noi with the aim to promote cultural values of member countries in the Francophone community among domestic and foreign visitors. 
Over the past years, Viet Nam and Ha Noi have had active contributions to developing the Francophone community in Ha Noi as well as strengthening the solidarity in fields of politics, culture and economy for peace and development of member countries, while creating the best conditions for the community’s operation in the area, he added.
Hanoi Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung affirmed that the  ceremony is not only an important political event but also a chance to intensify cultural exchanges among OIF members and partners.
It also contributes to promoting the image and status of Viet Nam in the Francophone community, he noted.
A music performance at the ceremony.
Also at the ceremony, Eric Normand Thibeault, Director of the OIF’s Asia-Pacific Regional Office, lauded significant contributions of Viet Nam to the OIF’s development, and stressed that the event marking the International Francophone Day and attracted various pupils and students is a chance to bring the French language in Vietnam to a new height.
On the occasion, the GADIF bestowed its award to Tran Phuong, former former Headmistress of the Hoa Sen University, and Tran Bich Nga, a student of the Hue University in recognition of their work in promoting the French language in Viet Nam and the ties between Viet Nam and the Francophone community.

By Tran Huong

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