Addressing the fourth conference of the VUFO’s presidium for 2019-2024, Nga said the union will continue to expand the network of friends and partners this year.
The union will further consolidate its system from central to local levels, promote digital transformation, encourage innovation and improve personnel quality, the President said.
VUFO Vice President and General Secretary Phan Anh Son briefed the conference on achievements the union recorded last year.
Notably, the VUFO and its members played an active role in the COVID-19 combat, and mobilised more than 46.7 billion VND (2.05 million USD) for the national COVID-19 fund.
Up to 57 foreign non-governmental organisations sent 123 aid packages worth nearly 10.64 million USD to Vietnam, Son said.
Apart from maintaining the relations with traditional partners, the union and its members set up ties with 10 new partners, both bilateral and within multilateral mechanisms.
In her remarks, Nguyen Thi Hoang Van, deputy head of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations, said the achievements reflect the union’s efforts to adapt to the new situation.
Highlighting the significance of people-to-people diplomacy, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu suggested combining it with Party diplomacy and State diplomacy.