Dr. Gesine Lotzsch, a Co-President of the Die Linke Party, also referred to as The Left, hailed contributions by the Vietnamese community to the residential society during her visit to their trade centre in Berlin on October 15.

Lotzsch and Andreas Prufer, Deputy Chief of the Lichtenberg precinct, home to the Dong Xuan trade centre run by the Vietnamese community, also lauded the centre’s success in turning an almost deserted area into a busy wholesale hub.

The centre has, therefore, provided jobs for not only Vietnamese but also local Germans and other foreigners such as Turks, Indians and Chinese.

They supported a plan reported by its Director Nguyen Van Hien to upgrade the centre into a complex of restaurants, hotels, shopping and entertainments with an investment designed to fly up to hundreds of millions of Euros.

The plan aims to turn the area into a commercial hub and a metropolis of culture in Berlin as well.

The Charge d’Affaires of the Vietnamese Embassy to Germany , Bui Ngoc Toan, said many Vietnamese have been successful in Germany , contributing to stabilising the living conditions of the Vietnamese overseas as well as to local economic development.

“Among them, the Dong Xuan trade centre has set an example,” emphasised the Vietnamese diplomat./.