Chairman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations Vu Xuan Hong on January 25 signed agreements and handed over permits for establishing representative offices in Vietnam to two foreign non-government organisations.

The organisations granted permits were International Microfinance and Microenterprise (IMM) and Medical Committee Netherlands–Vietnam (MCNV)

IMM, a Japanese NGO operating in technology transfer and human resources training in Vietnam since 2005, aims to meet demand of internationalisation of the local small and medium size enterprises (SME).

It sponsor a programme to send Vietnamese workers to Japan for training at Japanese companies and provide funding for those who complete training to start their own business at home.

MCNV started its activities in Vietnam in 1968. Apart from promoting the movement to oppose the United States ’ war in Vietnam , the organisation also supported Vietnam in the health sector, through providing medical materials and equipment.

It assisted Vietnam in building a hospital in the central province of Quang Tri as well as helping with other hospitals, such as Lang Son and Dong Da hospitals.
From the 1990s until now, MCNV has carried out many programmes in many fields, including health care, poverty reduction, training medical staff and rehabilitation of disabled people. It also financed several national health care programmes. MCNV assistance to Vietnam in this period amounted to 2 million USD per year./.