Vietnam appoints first honorary Consul General in India

Industrialist N.S. Srinivasa Murthy (right) has been appointed as Honorary Counsel General of Vietnam for Karnataka.   | Photo Credit: Dinakar Peri

As part of Vietnam’s efforts to deepen cooperation with various states, Industrialist N.S. Srinivasa Murthy based in Bengaluru has been appointed as Honorary Consul General of Vietnam for Karnataka.

“He is the first honorary consul general of Vietnam from India and the 19th across the world. He is the third Consul General to be appointed globally this year,” said Vietnamese Ambassador in India Pham Sanh Chau addressing a small gathering amid COVID protocols. The appointment is for a period of three years.

Mr. Murthy is the owner and Managing partner of N. K. Subbiah Setty & Sons which is into manufacture of agarbattis (incense sticks) since 1932.

Mr. Chau said that there were five recommendations and after an extensive screening process by at several levels in the Vietnamese Government and Mr. Murthy was approved. This is the aim of five year long journey of the Vietnamese embassy to look for a genuine and worthy honorary consul in Bengaluru with the jurisdiction for Karnataka, he stated.

Stating that they are looking for honorary Consul generals for five states and this was the first one approved, Mr. Chau said this is a very serious decision by the Government of Vietnam to find a person who can represent well the image of Vietnam in Bengaluru and then help to protect the interest of Vietnamese nationals as well as companies. Also to promote trade, economics, investment, tourism, educational and cultural cooperation between Vietnam and the State of Karnataka, he stated.

On the Vietnamese interest in Karnataka, the Envoy said that they want to have a direct flight between Bangalore and Vietnam and also want to make Bangalore the hub for technology for Vietnam.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Murthy said that his endeavour will be to promote trade between Vietnam and South India and in particular Karnataka. “I will strive to improve the national branding of Vietnam in all spheres…,” he stated.

Bilateral ties

In a telephonic conversation on Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Pham Minh Chinh on his appointment as Prime Minister of Vietnam and expressed confidence that the India-Vietnam Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP) will continue to become stronger under his able guidance.

“PM Modi welcomed the fact that both countries share a similar vision of an open, inclusive, peaceful and rules-based Indian Ocean Region, and hence the India-Vietnam CSP can contribute to promote regional stability, prosperity and development,” statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said. In this context, PM also noted that both India and Vietnam were presently fellow-members of the UN Security Council, it stated.

Mr. Modi thanked Mr. Chinh for the valuable support provided by Vietnam during the 2nd wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India. “The leaders agreed that both countries should continue consultations and cooperation to support each other's continuing efforts against the pandemic,” the statement said.

Both the leaders also agreed to have various commemorative activities in the year 2022, to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Mr. Modi also invited Mr. Chinh to undertake an official visit to India at an early suitable date.

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