The United Nations Office for Drug and Crime (UNODC) in Vietnam has provided importance assistance to the country’s drug and HIV prevention and control efforts, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc told the UNODC Country Manager on September 5.

Deputy PM Phuc also thanked the UNODC Country Manager, Zhuldyz Akisheva, for her contribution to Vietnam during her tenure as leader of the office, particularly in offering ideas for the making of policies, laws and international reports in the field as well as in rolling out anti-drug activities.

He singled out UNODC’s financial and technical assistance for a project to combine treatment and caring services for drug addicts in some localities.

He also expressed hope that in her new position, Akisheva will continue helping Vietnam in the field.

Akisheva said UNODC has been pursuing the target of enhancing the capacity of drug prevention and control forces in investigating and combating drug trafficking and abusing.

Another important mission of the office is to improve legal framework for better controlling drug and related crimes, and reduce demand for drug through education while minimising social and health consequences left by drug and HIV/AIDS.

She pledged to continue her efforts to foster partnership between the UNODC and Vietnam in the future.-VNA