Sunwah Group donates $200,000 of anti-epidemic materials to northern provinces

August 09, 2021 | 20:11
In the afternoon of August 6, Sunwah Group presented over $200,000 worth of anti-epidemic materials to the northern provinces of Vietnam at the Vietnamese Consulate General in Kunming City, Yunnan province, China.
The donation of anti-epidemic materials of Sunwah Group to the Vietnamese Consulate General in Kunming is a practical support to Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19
The donation of anti-epidemic materials of Sunwah Group to the Vietnamese Consulate General in Kunming is practical support to Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19

The donation was handed over by Wang Jin, general director of the southwest branch of Sunwah Group to the Vietnamese Consulate General in Kunming.

Since July, Vietnam has been dealing with a severe COVID-19 outbreak, with thousands of new cases being reported every day. Yunnan province (China), which is adjacent to Vietnam, has been paying a lot of attention to pandemic prevention, particularly in border regions.

Recognising the urgency of the situation and showcasing his wish to support Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19, Dr Jonathan Choi, chairman of Sunwah Group, instructed the group’s China Southwest Branch to coordinate with partner Innotek Beijing Group to donate a large quantity of anti-epidemic materials, valued at $200,000, including 15,000 nasopharyngeal swab kits, 15,000 oropharyngeal swab kits, 400,000 medical masks, and 1,200 protective suits.

These anti-epidemic materials will be used for COVID-19 prevention and control along the borders of the northern provinces of Vietnam right after customs procedures are completed.

Before the handover ceremony, the Vietnamese Consulate General had a meeting with the Southwest Branch of Sunwah Group. On behalf of the Vietnamese government, Consul General Nguyen Trung Hieu conveyed sincere thanks to Sunwah Group and Dr Jonathan Choi for the prompt response to the Consulate General’s request, and their efforts to mobilise the staff and network of partners to deliver a large quantity of anti-epidemic materials to the Consulate General of Vietnam in Kunming.

The group's active support during this difficult time brings both practical and great spiritual value, as well as provides a source of motivation for the northwestern provinces of Vietnam in the fight against the pandemic. The Consul General believed that the donation would help strengthen relations between Sunwah Group and the northwest provinces of Vietnam and facilitate more economic-trading cooperation opportunities for both sides.

Sunwah Group donates $200,000 of anti-epidemic materials to northern provinces
General director of the China Southwest branch of Sunwah Group (Hong Kong) Wang Jin (right) handed over anti-epidemic materials to Consul General Nguyen Trung Hieu (left)

Wang Jin shared that Dr Jonathan Choi always keeps a close eye on Vietnam, where the group has many important projects and business activities for more than 50 years. This donation of anti-epidemic materials also shows Sunwah Group’s commitment to contribute to the friendship and partnership between Yunnan province and Vietnam, including the northwestern provinces.

At the end of the handover ceremony, the two parties discussed several projects including China-Vietnam cross-border e-commerce, industrial and medical cooperation in the northern region of Vietnam, and cross-border self-driving tourism. These projects are currently the focus of investment of the Vietnamese Consulate General in Kunming and the northern provinces.

The Consul General Mr Nguyen Trung Hieu (right) and Chairman of Sunwah Group (Hong Kong), Dr Jonathan Choi (left), at the Hekou – Lao Cai international border gate
Consul General Nguyen Trung Hieu (right) and chairman of Sunwah Group (Hong Kong) Dr Jonathan Choi (left) at the Hekou-Lao Cai international border gate

Sunwah Group is a multi-national and diversified conglomerate. Since 1970, the group has been doing business in Vietnam, in six principal areas, including seafood, real estate, financial services, coffee, agricultural and dried food products, and innovation. Since then, the group has become the role model for Hong Kong enterprises doing business in Vietnam.

In 2020, Sunwah Group donated 60,000 medical masks and other anti-epidemic materials to various ministries, city authorities, and universities in Vietnam. In April 2020, in Hanoi, the group donated an additional VND5 billion ($217,400) to Vietnam to support the country in the fight against COVID-19.

In October 2020, Dr Jonathan Choi and Sunwah Group donated 620 gifts to flood victims in Central Vietnam and gave VND5 million ($217) each to many households that were severely affected by the flood. Recently, on July 27, the group donated five tonnes of rice to underprivileged people due to COVID-19 at Hoc Mon district, Ho Chi Minh City.

By Le Nguyen

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