Yesterday, our Norwegian Honorary Consul in Ho Chi Minh City Mr Arild Haugan, on behalf of the Norwegian Embassy, awarded the First Prize to Ms Do Vuong Nguyet Linh, the winner of the Embassy’s Logo Contest for 50th anniversary of Norway-Vietnam diplomatic ties. Ms Linh is a third-year graphic design student of the Architecture University in Ho Chi Minh City.
“I used red as the colour for the logo because this is the dominant colour of the national flags of both countries. I also combined number 50 and the Infinity symbol to highlight this important milestone in the Norway-Vietnam diplomatic relations and its enternity”, shared Linh.
Mr Arild Haugan was very happy to give away the Certificate of Appreciation from Ambassador Grete Lochen and the 1st prize, which is an Ipad, to Linh. As a member of the Evaluation Panel of the Logo Contest, Mr Arild Haugan said “There were many good submissions and it was very difficult for us to decide this winning logo”.
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On the 2021 International Women’s Day, Ambassador Grete Løchen and female Ambassadors of Bulgaria, the Netherland and Sweden launched a challenge to find their Ambassadors for a Day among the female challange-takers.
Ms Do Quyen, a 12th grader from Hanoi-Amsterdam High School for the Gifted, was selected as the ambassador for a day at the Norwegian Embassy in Hanoi. Together with Ambassador Grete Løchen, she had a hectic day with multiple activities. The highlight was her meeting with the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) representative in Vietnam, Ms Naomi Kitahara to discuss gender equality in Vietnam, focusing on gender-based violence and gender biased sex selection (GBSS). Ms Do Quyen represented young people raising concerns over the gender inequality in Vietnam. She said this issue has earned significant attention by people of her age.
Quyen was also given an Embassy's T-shirt with the 50th anniversary logo.
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On 21 May 2021, the Norwegian Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries (MTIF) represented by State Secretary Ms. Trine Danielsen and the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Devevelopment (MARD) represented by Deputy Minister Phùng Đức Tiến signed a Letter of Intent on strengthening and developing cooperation in the marine aquaculture industry.
The Signing Ceremony was held virtually at MARD with the participation of Ambassador of Norway to Vietnam Ms Grete Lochen, Norwegian Commercial Counsellor Mr Arne-Kjetil Lian and relevant departments of MARD.
Deputy Minister Tien was very happy that the two Ministries have agreed to sign this LOI. “This serves as the basis to facilitate and support our authorities, academia and businesses in their cooperation for the development of marine aquaculture industry”, he said.
Expressing her wish to visit Vietnam, the State Secretary said “This event was supposed to happen last year as part of an official visit by MTIF Minister to Vietnam, but was cancelled due to the Covid-19. This is another step to boost Norway-Vietnam cooperation in this sector.”
“2021 is a special year for Norway and Vietnam as we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of our dipplomatic ties. Building on nearly 40 years of effective and close cooperation in the fisheries sector, I believe this would further enhance the cooperation between the two Ministries and our businesses in the marine aquaculture industry and thus promote bilateral trade and investment”, said Ambassador Grete Lochen.
Before that, a Webinar on developing Vietnam’s marine aquaculture on industrial scale co-organized by the Royal Norwegian Embassy, Innovation Norway, MARD, and Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), which attracted more than 150 participants.
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On 22 October 2021, MUNCH museum will open in a brand-new building by Oslo’s waterfront. MUNCH is home to the world's largest collection of works by Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. The new museum will trace the artist’s profound influence both on modern art and on artists through to the present day. Alongside displays of iconic artworks from the renowned permanent collection, temporary exhibitions will show Edvard Munch’s lasting influence in his own contemporary society, as well as on today’s generation of artists.
On this occasion and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam-Norway diplomatic ties (1971-2021), the Norwegian Embassy in Hanoi and the MUNCH Museum jointly held a digital press meeting for local reporters and museums across Vietnam on afternoon, 5 October 2021.
The event was hosted by Norwegian Ambassador to Vietnam, Ms Grete Lochen and the Director of the MUNCH museum in Oslo, Norway, Mr. Stein Olav Henrichsen.
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