40th anniversary of VN-Philippines diplomatic relations marked hinh anh 1The art performance programme to mark Vietnam-Philippines diplomatic ties (Photo:VNA)

Can Tho (VNA) – An art performance programme was held in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on June 16 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Vietnam-Philippines diplomatic ties and 118th National Day of the Philippines.

The event was jointly held by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations and the Consulate General of the Philippines in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vice Chairman of the Can Tho city People’s Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam noted that the programme aims to bring the Philippines’s multi-coloured culture closer to Vietnamese people, which helps enhance friendship and mutual understanding between two peoples while offering cooperation opportunities in fields of culture and economy in the future.

Meanwhile, Philippine Ambassador in Vietnam Noel Servigon expressed his high hope that the two countries will further develop the bilateral cooperation based on sound relations in the past four decades.

The Philippines will pay heed to education collaboration with the Mekong Delta region as well as promote personnel exchanges between the Philippines’ top universities and Can Tho University, he said.

The Philippines has so far run over 60 investment projects in Vietnam.
In the first three months of this year, two-way trade between Vietnam and the Philippines reached 737 million USD. The figure is hoped to reach 3 billion USD this year.

Last year, Can Tho city earned 50 million USD from exports to the Philippines, with key products being rice, aquaculture and garments.-VNA