Vietnamese food attracts Czech people in festival
Prague, May 14 (VNA) – Vietnamese special dishes received appraisals from visitors to a culinary and cultural festival in Prague 6 district in the Czech Republic on May 12. The annual culinary and cultural festival drew the participation of the Vietnamese Embassy along with 39 foreign diplomatic corps in Prague 6 district. Apart from traditional dishes like “nem ran” (fried spring roll), “tom chien xu” (batter-fried shrimp) and “bun cha” (vermicelli with grilled pork and fresh herbs), Vietnam also contributed several art performances at the festival. The Vietnamese Embassy in the Czech Republic has organised diverse activities aiming to promote the land and people of Vietnam to Czech people and foreigners in the country. The embassy plans to hold a seminar to introduce Vietnam’s economic potential and call on Czech investors to come to Vietnam in May, and will coordinate with the Vietnam Administration of Tourism in promoting Vietnamese tourism in the Czech Republic in June. Between July and the year end, many cooperation agreements are expected to be signed between localities of the two nations. The Czech Republic is one of Vietnam’s largest trade partners in Central and Eastern Europe, with two-way trade exceeding 257 million USD in 2017, of which Vietnam’s exports to the Czech Republic were over 151 million USD. In the first two months of 2018, export-import turnover between the two countries hit nearly 50 million USD, up 31.3 percent year-on-year. Vietnam’s major exports to the Czech Republic include footwear, garments-textiles, mobile phones, electronic components, farm produce and aquatic products. Meanwhile, the country mainly imports machines, equipment, chemicals, and mechanical, pharmaceuticals and crystal products from the Czech Republic. By the end of February 2018, the Czech Republic had invested in 36 projects in Vietnam with total registered capital of over 90 million USD, ranking 49th among 126 countries and territories investing in Vietnam. Vietnamese enterprises have also invested in four projects worth some 4.5 million USD in the Czech Republic./.