Ladies and gentlemen,
Being the first Vietnamese envoy to the Federal Republic of Nigeria in particular and to West Africa in general, I feel highly honored and very eager to work to give my contribution to the promotion of relations between the two countries and two regions.
Vietnam and Nigeria are geographically apart but the peoples of Vietnam and Nigeria have, for a long time, enjoyed fine traditional friendship as they share many things in common, for example, a destiny as the colony of imperialism and victims of exploitation and oppression in the past. Subsequently, they were bound together by the ideal of the struggle for national liberation, for freedom and independence. The Vietnamese people are very grateful to the Nigerian people for their support during its struggle for national independence and reunification until final victory, and this invaluable assistance will always be deep in the heart of generations of the Vietnamese people.
From a war-devastated and desperately poor country after 1975, thanks to the policy of renovation during the past over 20 years, Vietnam has now been mentioned as a new economic “tiger” in South-East Asia and one of the fastest growing economies in Asia and the world, with the average GDP growth rate of 7-8% annually. It has attained the title of world’s second biggest rice exporter with the volume of rice export up to 3-4 million tones every year. Vietnam has also become an active member of many regional and international organizations, such as: ASEAN, APEC, WTO…; a respected actor in the international arena, especially after it becomes the non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, tenure 2008-2009; and an ideal destination for foreign investors and tourists.
In an effort to push up the relation between Vietnam and Nigeria in all fields of economy, politics, culture and science & technology, I hope that this website will provide our beloved Nigerian friends and others with useful information. We also welcome any comments or any contribution to make our website more relevant, meeting the needs and interests of our visiting guests near and far.
With kind regards,
Do Van Bach
Head of Mission