ZDenek Degen, a representative of the Czech Trade Office in the HCM City speaks at the event (Source:voh.com.vn)

HCM City (VNA) - The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the Vietnam-Czech Republic Friendship Association of Ho Chi Minh City co-hosted a ceremony in the city on October 21 to mark the Czech Republic’s 99th National Day (October 28).

Addressing the event, representatives of the two nations affirmed that Vietnam and the Czech Republic have a traditional friendship.

The multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and the Czech Republic has developed fruitfully, both bilaterally and multilaterally, with numerous cooperation agreements signed.

Nguyen Muoi, President of the Vietnam-Czech Republic Friendship Association of Ho Chi Minh City, said the Vietnamese people have kept in mind the material and spiritual support the Government and people of the Czech Republic have provided for Vietnam during the past struggle for national liberation and current national construction and protection, particularly in human resource training.

Numerous activities have been conducted to connect the people of HCM City and the Czech Republic, Muoi said, adding that people-to-people diplomacy will be further promoted in the coming time, thus helping to consolidate and develop the traditional relationship between the two countries.

ZDenek Degen, a representative of the Czech Trade Office in the HCM City, said the two nations should boost bilateral trade as well as cooperation between their localities.

The Czech Republic is one of the leading trade partners of Vietnam in Central and Eastern Europe, with two-way trade value reached 912.5 million USD in 2016, up 20.7 percent from 2015. The figure hit 390 million USD in the first half of 2017, up 6 percent year on year.-VNA