Vanuatu is home to more than 500 Vietnamese, the second largest foreign community in Vanuatu.
This was confirmed by the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Vietnam to Vanuatu, Ngo Huong Nam, when he presented his Letter of Credence to the Head of State, Obed Moses, yesterday morning.
Vietnam and Vanuatu have enjoyed a time-tested friendship and cooperation for a long time.
The new ambassador said one of his priorities as the ambassador is to enhance people to people relations. He acknowledged that the Vietnamese community have made significant contributions to and served as great bridge for the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
Ambassador Nam stated, “I am honored to serve as the Ambassador of Vietnam to Vanuatu. You can be assured that I will make every effort to further develop the friendship between our two countries. To make this happen, I hope that the Government of Vanuatu and you personally will lend me strong support.”
The new ambassador will serve in his new position for the next three years. He has replaced outgoing Ambassador, Luong Thanh Nghi.
Nam highlighted two priorities that he will be focusing on in his three-year tenure.
“Firstly, strengthen the existing excellent tradition friendship and cooperation between Vanuatu and Vietnam, through frequent exchanges of visits at all levels.
“Secondly, we share many similarities, particularly in the agriculture and fisheries sectors. I will do my best to promote bilateral trade and investment to tap the great potentials of our economic cooperation”.
Vanuatu and Vietnam established diplomatic relations on March 3, 1982. The relations between the two countries has been growing gradually over the years, with high level visits and also the signing of Development Cooperation Agreement in October 2014.