Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung (C) was selected to President of the Vietnam-Germany Friendship Association (Source: VNA) 

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam-Germany Friendship Association on August 4 had a new 78-strong Executive Board for the 2018-2023 tenure with Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung elected as the association’s President.

In the previous tenure, the association implemented a lot of activities to develop and deepen the Vietnam-Germany friendship and solidarity and boost the bilateral strategic partnership in terms of people-to-people diplomacy.

It also coordinated with several non-governmental organisations of Germany in carrying out charitable projects, granting scholarships to poor students with good learning performances, and those who are Agent Orange/dioxin victims or affected by natural disasters.

From now until 2023, the association will continue reforming its method of operation, grasp opportunities and get adaptive to new conditions to diversify and better its activities.

It will intensify dissemination of the Vietnamese Party and State’s policies as well as the country’s renewal achievements to the German people to help them understand more about Vietnam and the Vietnam-Germany relations.

Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations Don Tuan Phong spoke highly of the achievements gained by the association during 2012-2018, and asked the organisation to ensure consensus in implementing the people-to-people diplomatic work between the two countries.

It is necessary to take the initiative in intensifying ties with German partners, stepping up the exchange of delegations and the sharing of information, as well as expanding the association’s network, Phong suggested.-VNA