To contribute to the 50-year milestone of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the UK, on ​​September 16, 2023 in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), the Research Institute for Climate Change (DRAGON-Mekong), Can Tho University hosted an exhibition booth at the UK Festival with the theme: "What defines the sustainability of our Vietnamese Mekong Delta" within the framework of the program. The event was held with the goal of looking back at the past 50 years of the friendly relationship between Vietnam and the UK as well as opening up directions for the next 50 years.

The event started at 9:00 AM on September 16, 2023 with the participation of a large number of national and international units. It was organized in the form of an open tour on Le Loi Street, one of the major intersections that attracts a large number of visitors in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. According to estimates by the British Consulate General, the event attracted thousands of direct attendees and hundreds of thousands of indirect interactions on digital platforms. For the DRAGON-Mekong Institute's exhibition booth, there was the participation and in-depth interaction of important partners, such as: British Ambassador to Viet Nam, British Consul General, Consul General of the Netherlands, the Representative of General Consulate of Australia, Representative of General Consulate of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City, Representative of USAid Vietnam, Representative of British Council Viet Nam, managers, scientists, media and a large number of residents living and working in Ho Chi Minh City.

Mr. Ian Frew, the British Ambassador to Viet Nam

Mrs. Emily Hamblin, the British Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City

Mr. Daniel Coenraad Stork, the  Dutch Consul General in Ho Chi Minh city

Mrs. Jasmine Wahhab, Head of Department of Commerce, Senior Trade Commissioner, Consulate General of Canada in Ho Chi Minh City

Mr. Dominic Balasuriya,  Economic Consul, Australian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City

Representatives of USAID Vietnam

The booth attracted a large number of visitors

In this event, DRAGON-Mekong introduced the products that have been developed towards the more sustainable development of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta through intuitive and highly interactive communication with participants. Thereby, DRAGON-Mekong has established connections with a broader range of potential partners, including businesses both nationally and internationally, as well as various institutes and schools.. A very interesting point for participants of this event is that Can Tho University in general and the DRAGON-Mekong in particular are the only training and research units invited to attend as a unit of the higher education sector in Viet  Nam. This once again affirms the importance of Can Tho University in the development of the Vietnamese Mekong Delta and Viet Nam.

Poster: Tran Quoc Dung