On April 10th, 2019, Prof, Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Chairman of the Central Theoretical Council, President of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics received and worked with Mr. Bodo Ramelow, Premier of Thüringen State, Federal Republic of Germany.
Participants attending the meeting on the German side were Mr. Christian Berger, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany in Vietnam; representatives of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung Foundation; members of the Thüringen State Cabinet and Parliament, representatives of some enterprises from Thüringen State; on the side of the Academy were Assoc. Prof., Dr. Nguyen Duy Bac, Vice President of the Academy; Assoc. Prof., Dr. Hoang Phuc Lam, Standing Deputy Party Secretary; representatives of departments and institutes under the Academy; officials and lecturers of the Institute of Scientific Socialism, Department of International Cooperation and Office of the Academy.
Prof, Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang received the Premier of Thüringen State, Federal Republic of Germany.
Welcoming the Premier of Thüringen State, Federal Republic of Germany for his first time to visit and work at the Academy, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang gave an overview of the formation history, functions, duties and organizational structure of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics within Vietnam’s political system and specifically emphasized the Academy's international cooperation with an open mechanism to create a knowledge sharing center in the context of the Industry 4.0 currently.
Highly appreciating the achievements of cooperation between the two countries over the past 44 years, Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang affirmed that Germany is a leading country in creation and innovation. Germany’s experiences are very important to Vietnam in the context of integration presently. Despite definite differences between the two countries, there are also many similarities which are basis for promoting relations between the two countries in general, between the Academy and German partners in particular. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang hoped that the official visit and work of the Premier of Thüringen State, Federal Republic of Germany at the Academy this time would lay the directional foundation and open up many cooperation opportunities between the two sides in the coming time.
Sincerely thanks for the respectful reception of leaders and officials of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics, Mr. Bodo Ramelow, Premier of Thüringen State, Federal Republic of Germany expressed his honor to visit the Academy and said that this is the first time in Thuringen’s history having a big delegation of 106 people coming to Vietnam with more than 70 people from the business sector.
Speaking at the meeting, Mr Bodo Ramelow gave an overview on Thüringen State and brief information on the organizational structure, situation of activity of the Thüringen State Cabinet and Parliament, thereby suggesting possibilities of cooperation between the two sides in the coming time. He stressed that Germany and Vietnam have different organizational structure of the State and the Party but there are many similarities. In the past, Vietnam was divided into North – South, Germany was also divided into East – West. In the modern time, Vietnam suffered two resistance wars to protect national independence, Germany experienced two world wars with devastating consequences; and Vietnam has just gone through 30 years of innovation and Germany has also experienced 30 years of economic transformation. These are the basis for the two countries working side by side, further strengthening bilateral cooperation in all fields.
* After the meeting, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics in cooperation with Thüringen State held the seminar on “The roles of left parties in social, economic and ecological transformation process: a case study of Thüringen State in Germany”. The seminar was co-chaired by Prof. Dr. Nguyen Xuan Thang, Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Chairman of the Central Theoretical Council, President of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Mr. Bodo Ramelow, Premier of Thüringen State, Federal Republic of Germany.
Mr. Bodo Ramelow presented at the seminar
At the seminar, Mr. Bodo Ramelow, Premier of Thüringen State, Federal Republic of Germany presented on “The roles of left parties in social, economic and ecological transformation process: a case study of Thüringen State in Germany”.
The former Thüringen State belonged to East Germany and had the longest border of East Germany with West Germany. After East Germany and West Germany merged into the Federal Republic of Germany as today, Thüringen State faced many challenges. Nowadays, Thüringen State is the smallest in the 16 states of the Federal Republic of Germany, with 1,2 million inhabitants but Thüringen State’s GDP in 2018 was 63 billion Euro with many typical businesses. The successful secret of Thüringen State is knowledge, skill and mind with the focus on investing in research and development. The Government has directed, facilitated, and created a new social security system which ensures good work, good labor and good wage. Thüringen State is the only state having the Premier from the Left Party in the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany. The State has more than 3,000 Vietnamese people living and working currently.
Overview the seminar
Mr. Bodo Ramelow was born on 16th February 1956 in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Federal Republic of Germany. He has been the Premier of Thüringen State since 5th December 2014. He was the regional chairman of HBV Thüringen (1990-1999), a member of Thüringen Parliament (1999-2005), the Parliamentary leader of the Social Democratic Party (PDS) since 2001, a member of the German Bundestag and then the Vice President of the Die Linke Party in period 2005-2009, and the leader of the Die Linke Party (left party) from 2009 to December 2014.
Two sides took photo
Minh Hang & Manh Thang