Nearly 2,300 billion VND (108 million USD) has been raised for social welfare programmes in the Northeastern region in the 2009-2013 period.

The figure was revealed during an October 11 conference in Hanoi to review the coordination between the Steering Committee for the Northwestern Region and the Vietnam Red Cross Central Committee in the abovementioned period.

Participants at the event agreed that cooperation between the two sides has been realised with the engagement of many businesses, kind-hearted individuals and collectives as well as international organisations, giving a helping hand to poor people in the Northwestern region.

However, they also pointed out that some limitations are still seen in both cooperation contents and forms.

In the 2013-2017 period, the two sides will intensify their cooperation, including the implementation of the “New Year for the poor and Agent Orange/Dioxin victims” and “Cow Bank” programmes in poor and border areas.-VNA