Ambassador Pham Huu Chi (R) grants the insignia to Chung Hae-moon (Photo: VNA)

Seoul (VNA) – An insignia of the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade has been presented to former Secretary-General of the ASEAN – Korea Centre (AKC), Chung Hae-moon, in recognition of his significant contributions to the development of industrial and trade activities in Vietnam.

Vietnamese Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (RoK) Pham Huu Chi granted the insignia to Chung Hae-moon in Seoul on February 17.

He appreciated efforts by Chung, who he described as a friend of Vietnam, in the growth of the industry and trade sector in the Southeast Asian country. The diplomat said he hopes Chung will continue supporting Vietnam on any positions he will take.

Expressing his honour to receive the insignia, Chung Hae-moon said with certain contributions by the AKC, Vietnam and the RoK have become increasingly important trade and investment partners to each other.

In 2015, Vietnam was the third largest export market for the RoK, which remained the biggest foreign investor in the ASEAN nation. Many RoK businesses are also performing well in Vietnam.

The former AKC Secretary-General also promised to help intensify the two countries’ multi-faceted relations.

The AKC, inaugurated in March 2009, is an inter-governmental organisation based in Seoul.

It implements activities to enhance trade, investment, tourism, cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the 10 ASEAN member states and the RoK, ultimately promoting the ASEAN – RoK partnership, mutual understanding and the bloc’s integration efforts.-VNA