In early June, 2015, Danish Ambassador John Nielsen received two medals of honour for the outstanding results achieved during the Ambassador’s five years term here in Vietnam. Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Đức Phát awarded the Ambassador with the medal of honour and stressed the pivotal importance of the Danish ODA projects that has created jobs for thousands upon thousands of poor farmers and fishermen in many provinces giving them the opportunity to provide income for their families.
Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyễn Minh Quang also awarded the Ambassador with a medal of honour stressing the importance of the Danish focus on climate, energy, and green growth. The Minister highlighted among other things the great importance of Denmark’s support to the Vietnamese Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption Programme and the Ambassador’s personal commitment as four times acting Earth Hour Ambassador.
Following on this, later in June President Truong Tan Sang met with Danish Ambassador John Nielsen and thanked him for the cooperation and the achieved results. He recognized that the cooperation between Vietnam and Denmark has reached new heights during the last years, particularly with the signing of the Comprehensive Partnership Agreement.
“After five years here I think of Vietnam as my second home. I am happy to see how the friendship and partnership between our two countries flourish within trade and investment, at the political level and within sports, culture and between our people” says John Nielsen.
“I am optimistic about Vietnam’s future. Vietnam is developing fast and still holds great socio-economic development potentials. Whether this can be unlocked, largely depends on continued economic and institutional reforms and the further integration of the Vietnamese economy into the global economy. At the same time I am optimistic about an even further enhanced partnership between Vietnam and Denmark. Denmark and Danish companies has unique strongholds in many of the areas where Vietnam are facing some challenges” concludes Mr. John Nielsen.