HANOI, Vietnam: The Agricultural Counsellor of the Netherlands Embassy in Vietnam, Mr. Arie Veldhuizen, was presented with the Medal of Merit by Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

In presenting the award, the Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development,  Le Quoc Doanh, commented, “I would like to thank Mr. Veldhuizen for his contributions to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherlands in agriculture development in Vietnam.” Vice Minister Doanh stressed that the Netherlands has always been a key partner of Vietnam in agriculture and agro-food development.

This medal is the highest honor awarded by the Vietnamese Government to a foreign national, for contributions to Vietnam ‘s development. Bestowing this medal to Mr. Veldhuizen is a symbol of the appreciation by the Vietnamese government for contributions by the Netherlands to Vietnam.

Also present at the ceremony was Veldhuizen’s wife and Deputy Head of Mission, Mrs. Pauline Eizema, along with the Embassy’s agriculture team and other colleagues. Mr. Veldhuizen left Vietnam in July 2018 for his new post.

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