Vietnamese businessman appointed as Honorary Consul in HCMC

Thursday, 20/06/2024 18:48
A ceremony was organized by the Consular Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 19 to recognize Bui Quang Minh, a famous businessman in the Vietnamese startup community, as Honorary Consul of Slovenia in Ho Chi Minh City, said the Vietnam News Agency.
Director of the Consular Department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Doan Hoang Minh
gives a certificate recognizing Vietnamese businessman Bui Quang Minh ( second, from left)
as Honorary Consul of Slovenia in Ho Chi Minh City.
(Photo courtesy of the Slovenian Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City)

Speaking at the ceremony, Director of the department Doan Hoang Minh said that he believes the newly-appointed Honorary Consul will contribute to the Vietnam-Slovenia relations in general and their consular relations in particular. He affirmed that his ministry and competent agencies of vietnam will always accompany and create the best conditions for the diplomat to fulfil his tasks.

For his part, the Honorary Consul said that he will try his best to strengthen the cooperative relationship between the two countries in all fields, especially in high technology, renewable energy, high-tech agriculture and tourism.

He believed that with the close cooperation between the Slovenian Consulate, the business communities and the people of the two countries, Vietnam and Slovenia will together build a new chapter for the the next 30 years of their diplomatic relations, towards prosperity, solidarity and sharing.

On this occasion, the Slovenian Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City cooperated with Beta Group and Van Lang University to organise a photo exhibition themed "Ljubljana of Plečnik" - UNESCO Intangible Heritage of Slovenia. The exhibition displays works of art featuring Slovenia's natural beauty, diverse culture and UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.

Vietnam and Slovenia established their diplomatic relations on June 7, 1994. Since then, the two countries have kept nurturing their friendship and cooperation in various fields. They always coordinate closely and support each other at international forums. Slovenia is currently Vietnam's most important economic partner in the Balkans and Vietnam has become a major trading partner of Slovenia in ASEAN.

Leading national automotive trade fair opens in HCM City

The latest products, services, and technologies from the automotive industry are being showcased at the Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2024 expo which kicked off on June 20 at the Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

The sixth edition of the event is the largest so far with a total of 482 exhibitors from 23 countries and territories worldwide such as Brazil, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand.

Along with showcasing the latest products, services, technologies, and solutions related to components; accessories and customisation, diagnostics and repair, electric vehicles, along with automotive manufacturing and automation are also on show.

The Automechanika Ho Chi Minh City 2024 expo opens in Ho Chi Minh City. (Photo: 

Upon addressing the opening ceremony, Olaf Mußhoff, director of Automechanika Frankfurt, said that with 482 international and local exhibitors attending and a record-breaking 22,600sqm of exhibition space at the venue, the event is a record number in terms of exhibitors, thereby drawing attention from visitors.

The country’s leading automotive industry trade fair provides a prime opportunity for both local and foreign businesses to boost exchanges and ramp up international trade.

Conferences and training workshops will be held as part of the expo which is due to run till June 22.

Michelin reveals 2024 Bib Gourmand for Hanoi and HCM City

Michelin Guide has revealed this year’s Bib Gourmand list for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, according to Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

Accordingly, the second edition of the MICHELIN Guide in Vietnam sees the Bib Gourmand selection for Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City feature a total of 42 establishments, including 18 eateries in Hanoi, including five newcomers; and 24 in Ho Chi Minh City, with eight newcomers.

Bib Gourmand, one of the famous Michelin restaurant guides, recognises restaurants that offer customers great food at reasonable prices. Bib Gourmand restaurants may not have a Michelin star, but the food must still be delicious, whilst the total cost for three courses should come to under a certain amount, depending on the local cost of living.

Luk Lak, a restaurant offering traditional Vietnamese fare with a unique character (Photo: VOV) 

Here are the five new entrants featured in the Bib Gourmand list for Hanoi:

Bún Chả Chan, a small bun cha shop operating for over a decade which is dedicated to not only serving the typical caramelized pork meatballs on rice vermicelli with a tangy, sweet broth; but also offering grilled pork belly or minced beef in betel leaf as options.

Luk Lak, a restaurant offering traditional Vietnamese fare with a unique character, including dishes such as Sa Pa's pork belly dipped in herbal sauce grilled to perfection and served with mac mat leaves that cut through the richness and enliven the flavours.

Miến Lươn Đông Thịnh, a 40-plus-year-old shop that offers a menu revolving around eel, with notable delicacies including eel noodles, eel congee, and eel soup.

Mr Bảy Miền Tây, a small shop which is renowned for its signature crispy banh xeo pancake with various fillings, as well as also offering hot pot, spring roll, rice noodles, and barbecues as its best sellers.

Phở Khôi Hói, a street food eatery offering pho, or beef noodle soup, with many cuts to choose from, including rare cuts such as beef heel muscle.

A bowl of beef noodle soup of Phở Khôi Hói (Photo:

In Ho Chi Minh City, the eight newcomers on the Bib Gourmand list include Bánh Xèo 46A, Bò Kho Gánh, Bún Bò Huế 14B, Mặn Mòi (Thu Duc City), Nhà Tú, Tiệm Cơm Thố Chuyên Ký, Vị Quê Kitchen, and  Sol Kitchen & Bar.

Moving forward, the 2024 restaurant selection of the MICHELIN Guide Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang, including MICHELIN Stars and Special Awards, will be unveiled on June 27.

National Museum of History receives bronze statue of Goddess Durga returned by UK

The Vietnam National Museum of History received the four-armed goddess Durga statue on June 18, with the stolen seventh-century bronze piece being returned to Vietnam by the UK, said Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

This comes after a ceremony took place in London in the UK in September, 2023, to give back the bronze statue of four-armed Goddess Durga, dating back to the seventh century, to Vietnam.

The four-armed goddess Durga statue is 191cm in length and 101kg in weight, with the object being recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage relic. It was stolen from the My Son Sanctuary in Vietnam’s central province of Quang Nam in 2008.

The four-armed goddess Durga statue (Photo: VOV) 

The return of the artefact is the result of a long investigation carried out by the US Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) into the activities of the art dealer Douglas Latchford, as well as collaboration with London's Metropolitan Police to return stolen artefacts to their homelands.

The Vietnam National Museum of History has made plans aimed at preserving Vietnamese cultural artefacts after receiving the four-armed goddess Durga statue on June 18./.

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