The Swedish-Vietnamese concert tour: "The Six Tones"
In Vietnamese a word can be repeated with any of six tones to indicate six different meanings.
March 28, Stockholm, Nybrokajen 11, 15.00pm
March 30, Malmö, Inter Arts Centre/Babel, 19.30pm
April 1, Göteborg, Atalante, 19.30pm
April 2, Norrköping, Norrköpings Konstmuseeum, 19.00pm
April 4, Härnösand, Länsmuseet, 15.00pm
Bai Bang Paper Mill - one of Sweden - Vietnam friendship icons to be celebrated
The 25th anniversary of the Bai Bang Paper Mill's Traditional Day will be held on November 26, 2007. Please find enclosed herewith Invitation letter from Embassy of Vietnam in Sweden extending to all Swedes who involved in the construction of the Mill.
Vietnamese water puppetry at Gröna Lund, Stockholm
The Inspector General of Vietnams Government Inspectorate, Minister Tran Van Truyen visited Sweden from June 10-14, 2007.
The Inspector General of Vietnams Government Inspectorate, Minister Tran Van Truyen led a high-ranking official delegation to visit Sweden and the Netherlands to explore the best practices and experience in the inspection work and complaint settlement, especially in anti-corruption.
The study visit was made under the framework of the Programme on Strengthening Comprehensive Capacity of the Inspectorate System to 2010 jointly funded by Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands, Canada and Denmark. During its four-day stay in Sweden, the delegation have discussed and shared views on common concerns with representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ombudsman Office, Auditing Office and others related to anticorruption work; the mechanism for implementation of the GI Programme; support and cooperation modalities between Vietnam and the donor government in the fight against corruption and another related issues. The role of the media in fighting corruption was also on the agenda of the visit.
A half-day workshop was held with the participation from these above-mentioned agencies as well as the concerned professors, experts and scholars, to exchange experience, expertise and lessons learnt in the fight against corruption with an emphasis to be placed on the establishment and operational mechanism of the advisory group as structured in the GI Programme Management Model.
Mr. Tran Van Truyen was received by Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden, Ms Gunilla Carlsson. The two ministers have discussed on further measures enhancing bilateral cooperation between the two countries including the Swedish support in strengthening the comprehensive capacity of the Inspectorate system of Vietnam to 2010.
Sweden participated in discussion on anti-corruption at mid-year CG Meeting for Vietnam (June 01, 2007).
Sweden together with other international development partners have expressed their willingness support Vietnam in its combating and preventing corruption during the one-day mid-year Consultative Group Meeting for Vietnam held in Ha Long on June 1, 2007. The Consultative Group Meetings are organized by the World Bank and the Ministry of Planning and Investment.
This years mid-term CG Meeting for Vietnam was characterised as a frank and open dialogue between partners and a wide range of topics was discussed. They included Vietnams future economic prospects; the monitoring and evaluation of the Socio-Economic Development Plan 2006 2010; the next steps in the fight against corruption; the implementation of WTO commitments; and mechanisms through which to ensure better and faster utilisation of Official Development Assistance. Other major challenges, currently confronting Vietnam such as water and sanitation services, HVI/AIDS and traffic safety were also discussed.
Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden, Ms Gunilla Carlsson visited Vietnam from April 20-25, 2007
The purpose of the Minister Gunilla Carlsson visit was to inform herself of Swedens development cooperation with Vietnam during the past 30 years and to explore the possibilities to further promote bilateral trade, investment and tourism.
During her stay in Vietnam, Minister Gunilla Carlsson visited different locations in the country, including Ho Chi Minh City and Quang Tri province. In Hanoi, Minister Carlsson was received by Vietnams Deputy Prime Minister Mr Pham Gia Khiem, who is also Minister for Foreign Affairsand other members of the Government. The two sides discussed various issues on the future bilateral cooperation between Vietnam and Sweden, and have signed the Sweden-Vietnam Cooperation Agreement, in which Sweden is to support lawyers and the establishment of a National Bar Association.
Minister Carlsson also took part in the International Conference on the Mekong River Commission, where she discussed various important issues relating to sustainable water supplies for future generations. She inkedan Agreement on Swedish support to the Mekong River Commission of 45 million SEK for the next three years.
The Swedish bilateral support to Vietnam during 2007 amounts to 290 million SEK. The development cooperation is to support long-term and environmentally sustainable development, poverty reduction and to foster democratic society in Vietnam.
Three Vietnamese students to join the Stockholm Junior Water Prize in August
Phan Phuoc Duy, Tran Trung Hoang and Vo Phi Toan, Grade 10 students from the Mekong Delta Province of Soc Trang, will represent Vietnamese students in the Stockholm Junior Water Prize Competition which will draw the participation of international students from 30 countries. This event is part of the World Water Week in Stockholm August 10 -18.
These three students won the first prize of the Stockholm Junior Water Prize National Contest in Vietnam with a solution to absorb oil spills in the rivers and canals by using cotton-wool from cotton trees, which are abundant in the Mekong Delta.
The national contest, the fourth of its kind, was launched in Vietnam in June 2006 with the financial support from Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, (Sida) and Vietnams Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. This year, the contest received over 1,200 entries. The project of these three students from Soc Trang is the most prominent among 21 best projects for the final round of the national contest.
The Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) was initially established by the Stockholm Water Foundation (SWF) in 1994 for the Swedish students as a part of the Stockholm Water Prize. From 1997, the SJWP has involved students around the world. Finalists, who are the winners of the national contests of different countries, have contributed to water conservation improvement projects focusing on local, regional, national or global topics.
Vietnamese Cultural Night in Sweden on February 23, 2007
On the occasion of traditional Vietnamese Lunar New Year (Tet festival ), the Embassy of Vietnam in Sweden in cooperation with the National Committee for the Oversea Vietnamese has organized a Vietnamese Cultural Night on February 23, 2007 at the Stockholm Central Theatre with the participation of hundreds of Swedish friends, representatives from Diplomatic Corp and Vietnamese community in Sweden.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Trinh Quang Thanh expressed his satisfaction over the development of friendly relationship and good cooperation between Vietnam and Sweden in recent years. He thanked friends from Sweden and other countries for their kind sentiments and support to Vietnam during the past, and wished that Vietnamese Community in Sweden will soon be fully integrated into Swedish society, thus contributing to the friendship and cooperation between the two countries.
A group of 12 artists from the Centre for Knowledge promotion and community assistance of Hanoi, headed by the singer and composer Truong Quy Hai, had performed an excellent Vietnames musical programme including singing, dancing and Ao Dai (women dress) show, which helped to bring Vietnamese cultural beauty to international friends and Tet atmosphere from home country to the Vietnames community in Sweden.