A conference aiming at strengthening cooperation between State agencies and Vietnamese non-governmental organisations (VNGOs) in national development was held in Hanoi on December 14.

According to participants, in Vietnam , cooperation between VNGOs and State agencies has focused on global issues, including the abuse of children’s rights and homosexual marriage, and domestic issues such as scientific research activities, support for the disadvantaged and supervision of corporate social responsibilities.

Ass. Prof. Dr. Pham Bich San, Vice General Secretary of the Vietnam Union of Science and Technology Associations (VUSTA), said the cooperation between the two sides is facing difficulties as State agencies lack information on VNGOs and have suspicions about their capacity.

The biggest challenge that Vietnam is facing is how to build a appopriate mechanism for organising and managing VNGOs, he noted.

Accordingly, the VUSTA suggested streamlining or merging some VNGOs, focusing on enhancing support from State agencies and mobilising sources from private businesses.

It is necessary to promptly develop new organisations operating in areas where State agencies cannot cover or operate ineffectively, it said./.