Participants at the banquet (Source:

Vietnam’s historic efforts to liberate and reunify the country and more current initiatives to promote national reform, socio-economic development and international integration were highlighted at a banquet for foreign diplomatic agencies held in Ho Chi Minh City on August 31 on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the National Day.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Hoang Quan reviewed the country’s milestones, affirming that Vietnam is an active participant in international integration and a reliable partner and responsible member of the international community.

He emphasised the city’s remarkable achievements in various fields, saying that with its dynamicity and creativeness, HCM City is the initiator of many new and effective models, which are then expanded to other localities nationwide.

The city has also paid attention to developing and modernising infrastructure systems while ensuring political security and social order, Quan noted.

The official expressed his hope that with the city’s determination coupled with support from foreign diplomatic agencies and organisations, HCM City will realise its set goals, proving its role as a driving force in economic development in the region and the country.

Addressing the event, Australian Consul General in HCM City John McAnulty congratulated Vietnam on its 70th National Day, praising Vietnam’s achievements in recent decades.

He said that Vietnam has reaped great successes in establishing diplomatic ties worldwide and in reforming its economy, citing the strong economic growth and the reduction in the number of poor households.

HCM City is vivid evidence of Vietnam’s development, as it has become a hub for foreign investment, tourism and industrial production, the diplomat stressed.-VNA