David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, is on his first state visit to Vietnam, heading a delegation of accomplished Canadian academics and business people.
His first state visit as a governor general of Canada also includes Malaysia and Singapore, the Canadian Embassy said in a press release.
Johnston will stay in Vietnam until Saturday, November 19 at the invitation of Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang.
During the time, the governor will highlight trade, investment and education links between Canada and Vietnam, and witness the innovations that Canadian assistance has brought to skills training and agriculture in Hanoi and the Mekong Delta.
He will join a panel discussion on multiculturalism at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Hanoi, another on skills training in the Mekong Delta, and address the issue of education in globalization at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Industry.
The delegation will meet with Vietnamese counterparts, including academics and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, as well as Canadians who live and work in Vietnam.
State visits by a governor general are considered Canada's highest form of diplomatic contact, and they mark further developments in bilateral relations and exchanges among peoples, the press release said.