Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam-Algeria Friendship Association (VAFA) reviewed its operation over the past five years and charted orientations for 2016-2020 during its third congress in Hanoi on April 22.

VAFA President Nguyen Tran Nam reported that during the 2009-2016 tenure, the association fulfilled its set tasks, contributing to enhancing and expanding the friendship, solidarity and mutual understanding between Vietnamese and Algerian people.

He listed an array of activities organised by the association over the past five years like painting contests, photo exhibitions and workshops on Vietnam-Algeria cooperation.

Nam noted that the association will focus on strengthening its organisation and increasing its coordination with relevant agencies to organise exchanges in the next five years.

Addressing the event, Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations Bui Khac Son underlined the need for the association to further raise public awareness of the fruitful friendship between the two countries as well as their mutual support during past struggles for national liberation and the present efforts towards national construction and development.

The VAFA should carry forward its role as a bridge promoting bilateral economic and trade ties, particularly in areas of the two countries’ strengths such as oil and gas, household goods, food, education and health care.

The congress elected the association’s new 22-member executive board for the 2016-2020 tenure with Deputy Minister of Construction Le Quang Hung named President.-VNA