Foreign non-government organisations (NGOs) have made practical contribution to Vietnam’s hunger elimination and poverty reduction and development, said the President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO).

VUFO’s President Vu Xuan Hong stated this at a ceremony to honour contributions of foreign NGOS in Vietnam. VUFO presented its certificates of merit to 109 organisations on the occasion.

Foreign NGOs have granted nearly 1.7 billion USD as non-refundable aid to Vietnam over the past ten years, focusing on such areas as economics, health care, education and hunger eradication and poverty alleviation. They have also helped Vietnam deal with post-war consequences, natural disasters and social evils, President Hong said.

He noted that over 700 NGOs operating in Vietnam have actively contributed to expanding the friendship and cooperative relations between Vietnam and countries worldwide.

On the occasion, 61 NGOs pledged 157 million USD to help the country in poverty reduction in 2011.

Minister of Labour, War Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan along with representatives from relevant ministries, agencies and organisations attended the event./.