The Government of Canada’s vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation includes four major themes: diversity and inclusiveness, environment, young people, and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples.
To highlight this milestone, the Embassy of Canada to Vietnam hosted an event to celebrate Canada Day and the 150th anniversary of Confederation. More than 300 guests attended, including representatives from Government of Vietnam, members of the diplomatic community, Canadian and Vietnamese companies, development partners, civil society organisations, and media agencies.
During the celebration, H.E. Ping Kitnikone, Ambassador of Canada to Vietnam said, “This year is an important milestone because we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of our Confederation. This provides not only an opportunity for Canadians to celebrate all across our country - the world is invited to participate, celebrate, and explore the best that Canada has to offer.”
Canada's Ambassador to Vietnam Ping Kitnikone spoke at the anniversary.
“Although we cannot be in Canada to celebrate July 1st, we have tried to bring some tastes of Canada to Hanoi tonight by serving some typical Canadian dishes such as tourtiere (meat pie), poutine, Nanaimo Bar and tire d’erable (maple taffy) along with Canadian beer and wine. This would not have been possible without our partners: Manulife, Sunlife, Nam Thai, and in-kind sponsors: TD Food, CFoods, The Monocle Group and Oakland Seafood.” added Ambassador Kitnikone.
For more than 40 years, Canada has been a partner of Vietnam and the bilateral relationship is multi-faceted. In trade, the last two years have seen Vietnam becoming Canada’s largest trading partner in ASEAN with this dynamic commercial relationship generating over C$5.5 billion in two-way trade in 2016. There is an ever-increasing number of Vietnamese students studying in Canada, and they benefit from Canada’s world-class education system, our safe and clean cities, and open and inclusive society.
We are committed to building our strong and long-standing relations with our Vietnamese partners and finding ways to deepen our ties. Some of these ties included Canada’s support to build capacity toward supporting the rights of individuals, including LGBTI and women’s rights. The Canada Fund for Local Initiatives in Vietnam has supported and will continue to support similar initiatives in Vietnam.
Over the past year, Canada ramped up the development programming related to areas of great importance to Vietnam with recently announced development projects: a CAD15.3 million Safe Food for Growth project; a CAD$15 million project to help Vietnamese small and medium size enterprises address climate change, and CAD$200 million through the Asian Development Bank to catalyze private investment in climate change mitigation and adaptation in Asia and the Pacific.