PA Chief Executive Director Desmond Tan visits a VFF traditional display house (Source: VNA)
 
Hanoi (VNA) – President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man hosted a reception in Hanoi on August 13 for Chief Executive Director of the People’s Association (PA) of Singapore Desmond Tan.

Man welcomed the Singaporean delegation’s visit which is concurrent with the 45th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties and the fifth anniversary of the strategic partnership between the two nations.

He said the bilateral strategic partnership is growing steadily and effectively across many fields, evidenced by increased mutual understanding, visits at all levels and channels, as well as new strides in economic cooperation.

As many as 12,000 Vietnamese people are currently living, studying and working in Singapore, while over 18,000 Vietnamese officials joined training courses as a result of the cooperation agreement with Singapore. More and more Singaporean people are also investing in Vietnam, serving as an important bridge for bilateral links.

Man hoped that the PA would continue working with Singaporean authorities to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese people in the country.

The VFF and other relevant Vietnamese agencies will offer all possible support to Singaporean firms and people in Vietnam in line with the law, he pledged.

Man also expressed his wish that the PA would continue to assist the VFF in training, community building, and holding meetings with lawmakers.

Tan, for his part, affirmed that the PA will do its best to realise signed agreements, thereby strengthening VFF-PA collaboration, as well as the strategic partnership between the two nations.

Earlier, Vice President and Secretary General of the VFF Central Committee held talks with Chief Executive Director of the PA Desmond Tan.

The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding on the cooperation programme for the 2018-2020 period. They agreed to share experiences in community connectivity and building, self-governance in communities, and public involvement in social management, all helping to serve as a bridge between the government and its people.

During the period, the two sides will also offer mutual support in training, community connectivity and building, as well as popularising the culture and people of each country through festivals.–VNA