Egyptian media praise President Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam’s development

(VOVWORLD) -Egyptian Gazette, the oldest English-language in Egypt, on Saturday devoted its entire page 6 to President Ho Chi Minh on the occasion of his 130th birth anniversary (May 19).

In the article, author Hany Abdel Fattah briefed readers on the life and career of the Vietnamese leader and his role in the birth of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV), as well as the journey of President Ho Chi Minh in Egypt and his friendship with late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, which set the foundation for the current bilateral ties.

The article also touched upon outstanding socio-economic achievements of Vietnam over the years and potential for the two countries’ cooperation in the coming time. 

Fattah reiterated that President Ho Chi Minh is among legendary historical figures in the 20th century, and under the leadership of the CPV and the President, Vietnam has obtained great victories. 

The President’s leadership in the struggle for independence in Vietnam had a strong influence on revolutionary movements across the world, especially in Africa and Latin America, he noted.

The Egyptian people have a great deal of respect and warm sentiments for the Vietnamese leader, the author wrote.

Some Egyptian newspapers, including the Events Magazine News, Al Naasher and The Egyptian Gazette, highly valued Vietnam’s development achievements in recent years.

The Egyptian Gazette noted Vietnam is viewed as an emerging tiger in Asia with a GDP growth rate of over 7 percent in 2019, annual per capita income approximating 2,800 USD, and household poverty rate brought down to 1.45 percent – which was recognised by the UNDP as an important attainment of the country’s poverty reduction efforts.

According to the daily, Vietnam is currently among the nations with the fastest growth in the Human Development Index. Meanwhile, foreign direct investment there rises 7.2 percent each year and exceeded 38 billion USD in 2019, the highest in a decade.

The newspapers said that Vietnam is holding important dual roles in the region and the world as it is the ASEAN Chair in 2020 and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for 2020-2021.

The country excellently fulfilled the tasks in the UNSC presidency in January, the Egyptian media said, adding that this successful performance was an important initial result that will benefit its participation in the UNSC in the time ahead.

Regarding the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the newspapers said the UN and many countries around the world have expressed their admiration for Vietnam’s accomplishments.

So far, the Southeast Asian nation hasn’t recorded any deaths from the coronavirus and, like Egypt, it has sent medical supplies to the countries hit hard by the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Egyptian media highlighted that the two countries have enjoyed new strides in their relations in multiple spheres and at different levels.

Bilateral trade has reached 500 million USD, making Egypt the second largest trade partner of Vietnam in Africa, and the two countries are working towards 1 billion USD in trade turnover to help Egypt secure the No. 1 position.

Meanwhile, as the ASEAN Chair this year, Vietnam can act as an important bridge linking Egypt with other ASEAN members, thereby helping the Egyptian Government promote its “Look East” policy, the newspapers noted.