Saturday, November 5, 2011

Upcoming State Visit to Vietnam

The state visit to Vietnam is just around the corner. On the invitation of the Vietnamese president Truong Tan Sang Grand Duke Henri will visit the two biggest Vietnamese cities Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as well as Hue during the upcoming week. He will be accompanied by three Luxembourgish ministers, namely Jean Asselborn, Jeannot Krecké and Marie-Josée Jacobs.

On Monday morning, the Grand Duke will be welcomed by the aforementioned Vietnamese president in Hanoi. During the morning hours a "Memorandum of Understanding" regarding technical cooperation in the financial sector and education will be signed in the presence of the two head of states. Afterwards Grand Duke Henri will visit the rehabilitation center of the Bach Mai Hospital that is co-financed by Luxembourgish development aid.
In the afternoon, the Grand Duke will meet with the Vietnamese prime minister, the president of the national assembly and the general secretary of the communist party. The day will be rounded up by a banquet given by the president of the Asian country.

On Tuesday, Grand Duke Henri will visit the Temple of Literature in the Vietnamese capital before going to Hue, the capital of the Thua Thien-Hue province and former imperial capital. Among other things, the Grand Duke will visit the forbidden city.

On Wednesday, the delegation headed by the Grand Duke will visit the school of tourism in Hue, a partner school of the school of hotel management in Diekirch in Luxembourg's north-east. In the afternoon, he will visit the orphanage Son Ca for girls who were abandoned by their parents. The children's home is supported by Luxembourgish development aid. Afterwards, the Grand Duke will travel to Ho Chi Minh City.

On Thursday morning, he will visit the Ben Thanh Market, one of the most famous places in the city formerly known as Saigon. Later the same day, he will open an economy and finance seminar before visiting the Can Gio Mangrove Forest.
In the evening, he will catch a flight back home to be back in time for the big day of his oldest.

Sources: Lëtzebuerger Journal, Luxembourg for Business,

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