Malta Consulate in Vietnam
The opening of the Malta Consulate in Vietnam, celebrating the 47th National Day of the Republic of Malta and introducing the Honorary Consul of Malta, Mr. Huynh Trung Nam, take place on Sept 21, 2001 at Floor 12, Petro Tower, 1-5 Le Duan Blv., District 1, HCM City
Attending this ceremony, were H.E. Mr. Tran Quang Dung, Director of the Foreign Affairs Department of HCMC; the Leaders from the People’s Committee of Ba Ria-Vung Tau; – H.E. Mr. Nguyen Tuan Minh, Commissioner of the Vietnam Communist Party Central Committee; the Provincial Party Committee secretary of Ba Ria Vung Tau province, H.E. Mr. Ho Van Nien, the Vice Chairman of The People’s Committee of Ba Ria- Vung Tau Province; H.E. Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Hung, the Director of Foreign Affairs; Their Excellencies from the General Consulate; and the Consulate in HCMC as well as representatives of other departments, international organizations and of foreign affairs and economic development, Press Agencies, VCCI and other enterprises.
Diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Malta were opened on Jan 14, 1974 and the two countries have continuously appreciated and fostered the growth of bilateral relations for 36 years. In order to promote the diplomatic relationship, on Oct 23, 2008, , the Prime Minister of Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, met with the Prime Minister of Malta, Mr. Lawrence Gonzi and both agreed to strengthen their comprehensive relations, especially in economics and trade, signing a number of commitments to economic cooperation, such as agreements of investment and protection encouragement and agreements of double tax avoidance, to strengthen cultural exchanges and cooperation and to enhance friendship and mutual understanding.
In his speech, the Honorary Consul, Mr. Huynh Trung Nam, says: “As a business man, the development of trade and investment cooperation between two countries is my first priority in the role of Honorary Consul, in order to build the successful and comprehensive relationships between Malta and Vietnam”.
With over 7000 years of establishment and development, Malta is well-known for its history and culture and as a beautiful and prosperous country. Malta has a strategic location (it is the main gateway of three major continents, Europe, Africa and the Middle East) and is a tax haven. Malta offers ideal conditions for commercial development in exporting goods from Vietnam to the above continents. Banking, finance, maritime, information technology, pharmaceuticals, education and, in particular, tourism are all advantages brought about by its cooperation with Vietnam.