The Vietnam-Hungary Friendship Association (VHFA) was presented the Vietnamese State’s Labour Order, third class, for its significant contributions to the two countries’ relations at a ceremony in Viet Tri city, northern Phu Tho province, on August 29.

Addressing the event gathering more than 600 association members, VHFA Vice Chairman Pham Viet Son said the association has worked to enhance collaboration and build mutual understanding between Vietnamese and Hungarian people across social affairs, politics, culture and economy.

Vietnam always remembers Hungary’s assistance and support, in the past and at present, including the training of nearly 3,500 scientists and technicians, he said.

Charge d’affaires Karolyi Marton from the Hungary Embassy in Vietnam reviewed the cooperation results, especially in education and training, and expressed his hope for additional joint activities to be launched to deepen the two countries’ friendship.

Over recent years, the affiliation between the two countries has been unceasingly expanded.

The relations between Ho Chi Minh City, the Vietnamese southern hub, and Hungary are noteworthy. In 2014, trade between the two sides reached nearly 44 million USD, up 24 percent from the previous year. The Vietnamese city welcomed more than 1,200 Hungarian tourists and licensed four Hungarian investment projects with a combined capital of 3.7 million USD in the year./.