International conference on co-operation between Vietnam and foreign NGOs opens

Thursday, 2019-12-12 17:37:37
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Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son speaks at the conference. (Photo: VNA)
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NDO – The fourth international conference on co-operation between Vietnam and foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) opened in Hanoi on December 12.

The event aimed to assess the cooperation between Vietnam and foreign NGOs since the third event took place in 2013 and set up orientations for enhancing their ties in the coming years.

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son spoke highly of foreign NGOs’ assistance for and friendship with the Vietnamese people.

The cooperation has resulted in encouraging achievements, noting aside from contributing to local poverty reduction and sustainable development, foreign NGOs have also greatly helped promote relations between Vietnam and countries around the world, he noted.

According to Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Vietnam has recorded many recent achievements in the renewal process. She attributed the country’s enormous poverty reduction and socio-economic development attainments partly to the substantial assistance from friends around the world, including foreign NGOs.

She also expressed her hope that NGOs continue to broaden their support for and co-operation with Vietnam.

During the two-day event, delegates will attend six seminars focusing on partnerships between Vietnam and foreign NGOs in several prioritised areas, namely education and training; health care; cooperation between foreign businesses and NGOs for sustainable development; the settlement of social issues and war consequences; the environment, climate change response, natural disaster prevention and mitigation, and emergency rescue; along with poverty elimination and socio-economic development.