VUFO Vice Chairman and Secretary General Don Tuan Phong (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will continue to work with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) to assist disadvantaged localities and share the country’s all-round successes.

The remark was made by Marko Lovrekovic, Co-Director of the VUFO-NGO Resource Centre, at a gathering held in Hanoi on January 18 by the VUFO and the Committee for Foreign Non-Governmental Organisation Affairs (COMINGO).

Representing foreign NGOs, he pledged they will work more closely with the People’s Aid Coordinating Committee of the COMINGO and the VUFO to overcome challenges, adapt to global changes and strive for a Vietnam with sustainable development.

The foreign organisations always welcome new initiatives to improve VUFO’s NGO-related work such as the establishment of the Vietnam Institute for International and Public Diplomacy Studies in July 2016, he added.

At the gathering, VUFO Vice Chairman and Secretary General Don Tuan Phong said last year, the Vietnamese people received effective assistance and cooperation from the international community, including foreign NGOs.

Foreign NGOs continued to support the country with more than 300 million USD in 2016, thus helping with local poverty reduction, socio-economic development, environmental protection, climate change prevention and war consequences settlement.

On behalf of the VUFO and the COMINGO, Phong thanked the Party, State and Vietnam Fatherland Front for their attention, and ministries, sectors, mass organisations and localities for coordination and support of the NGOs’ works. He also acknowledged the friendship and cooperation that international organisations and foreign NGOs have given to the VUFO.

He said he believes the VUFO and the COMINGO will receive more support and collaboration from partners, particularly foreign NGOs.-VNA