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02 Oct

Work to start on German House this month

Thursday, 02 October, 2014

HCMC – Construction will commence on the German House in the upcoming weeks to accommodate various German organizations in HCMC, including the German Consulate General and the German Industry and Commerce, said the German consul general in HCMC.

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The blueprint of the German House in HCMC - Photo: Courtesy of German Consulate General in HCMC

Hans-Dieter Stell revealed this project at a meeting on October 1 with local media to announce activities due to take place later this year and in 2015 to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between Germany and Vietnam.

The diplomat said the 25-storey building located at 33 Le Duan Boulevard covering an area of 28,000 square meters will be invested with US$80 million by the German government and investors.

As scheduled, the German House will be completed in the third quarter of 2017, and will also accommodate Goethe Institute, enterprises and organizations. Other facilities include restaurants, an outdoor leisure center, swimming pool, four parking lots.

Half of this building’s floor space will be reserved for enterprises, especially German businesses in Vietnam.

The land lot at the intersection of Le Duan and Le Van Huu streets was formally handed over to the German Embassy for use in 99 years starting from October 10, 2011 with the symbolic rent of one Vietnamese dong.

At the press conference, the German consul general also mentioned the expansion of German-Vietnam University in Binh Duong Province and updated the progress of the Metro Line No.2 construction project.

In the rest of this year, the German consulate general in HCMC will organize educational and cultural activities, including the German National Day on October 3, Oktoberfest on October 10-18, Beethoven and Brahms Symphony on October 19 and so on.

In 2015, Goethe Institute will hold cultural exchange programs to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, remarkably a concert performed by German and Vietnamese artists in March and lacquer exhibition on steel and wood in April. Besides, there will be a German Film Festival in September, electronic music performance on German classic films and Rock-Pop Stabil Elite tour for students in November.

Source: http://english.thesaigontimes.vn/37028/Work-to-start-on-German-House-this-month.html

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