The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) on August 21 presented the insignia “For peace and friendship of nations” to outgoing Brazil Ambassador Victoria Alice Cleaver.

The ambassador received the reward for her great contributions to fostering the friendship between the two nations and connecting their businesses.

Thanks to her efforts, bilateral ties have seen remarkable developments in various fields, including agriculture, aquaculture and bio-energy, said Nguyen Van Lang, Chairman of the Vietnam-Brazil Friendship and Cooperation Association.

Especially, two-way trade increased from 1 billion USD in 2011 to 2.3 billion USD in 2013, he noted.

She has also actively assisted the teaching of the Portuguese language in Vietnam as well as cultural exchanges between the two countries, thus consolidating their solidarity, friendship and cooperation, Lang added.

For her part, Cleaver expressed her honour to receive the insignia, promising that in any capacity, she is willing to work for the development of bilateral ties.-VNA