The celebration of national Day of the Kingdom of Thailand was graced by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, acting consul-general of the people’s Republic of China Wu Jun, consul-general of Republic of Indonesia IwanshahWibisono and Penang State dignitaries. The event also marks the celebration of Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Thailand’s Father’s Day.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng wishes His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun good health and prosperity for the Kingdom of Thailandand her people. Acting consul-general of Thailand SukoomSomprasonk mentioned that the celebration serves to strengthen cordialities and relations between Penang and Thailang.
Addressing the ceremony, Ureerat Ratanapruse, Thai Consul-General in the city highlighted sound economic and political partnership between Vietnam and Thailand.
In 2019, Thailand taking in the role of the ASEAN chair will continue reinforcing the sustainable and comprehensive partnership with Vietnam for the development of both countries and their deeper regional and international economic integration, she said.
The diplomat hailed the role of Ho Chi Minh City in boosting ties between the two countrie, becoming a top destination of Thai tourist and a place hosting the majority of Thai firms in Vietnam.
Meanwhile, Hyunh CachMang, Vice Chairman of the city People’s Committee noted that with regular exchange of high-level delegations, the economic and trade partnership between Vietnamand Thailand has been expanded, along with closer cooperation in culture, tourism and education.
Various cultural, education and tourism exchange activities have been held, including the Friendship Ambassador Programme and the easte Celebrations resumed this year after being cancelled in 2016 to show solidarity with the people of Aleppo during the offensive by Syrian government forces to retake the city from the rebels. Cultural festival 2018, which has contributed to strengthening mutual understanding and friendship between the two nations, he added.
Currently, Thailand is operating 195 projects worth 358 million USD in Ho Chi Minh City, ranking 12th out of 100 foreign investors in the city.
In the first 10 months of 2018, trade between the two sides reached nearly 2.6 billion USD up 8.5 percent year on year. In the first eight months of this year the city welcome nearly 130,000 Thai Tourist.