As members of the Polish community living in Southeast Asia, we are proud to witness a new chapter in bilateral Polish-Vietnamese cooperation.
Today, the word "Ba Lan", meaning "Poland" has appeared in many Vietnamese newspapers, as well as in the country's news bulletins. It is the result of an agreement, signed on August 17th, 2021 in Hanoi by the Polish ambassador to Vietnam - Mr. Wojciech Gerwel and the Prime Minister of Socialist Republic of Vietnam - Mr. Pham Minh Chinh.
Based on the agreement, Poland will donate 501 000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, at the same time re-selling another 3 000 000 doses without any profit to Vietnam. The Polish government also decided to send a $4 million worth of medical supplies and equipment to the Southeast Asian country.
The prime minister of Vietnam expressed his gratitude to the government of the Republic of Poland. He emphasized that Poland is the first country to share such a large number of vaccine doses with Vietnam. Mr. Chinh stated that this act is a symbol of the everlasting friendship and cooperation between the two nations.
The Polish ambassador to Vietnam - Mr. Wojciech Gerwel emphasized that Polish government decided to support Vietnam shortly after Vietnam's request for assistance. The decision-making process turned out to be a swift one, since Poland considers Vietnam as their priority partner in the region of Southeast Asia.
For many years, Poland has been Vietnam's main Central and Eastern European trade partner. Despite the detrimental influence of COVID-19's pandemic on global commerce, the bilateral trade worth between the two nations in the first 7 months of 2021 valued at USD 1,5 billion, a year-on-year increase of 34%.
The vaccine shipment, along with the medical aid should arrive in Vietnam on August 25th, 2021.
As MakeYourAsia we actively support the cooperation between Poland and Vietnam. We help companies from both countries find viable business partners. At the same time, we provide a variety of services to official delegations and trade missions all over Southeast Asia.
We hope to see more examples of successful bilateral endeavors soon!
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