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HCM City (VNA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) and the ASEAN Secretariat is hosting a training course in HCM City from October 9-10 to guide how to draw projects to take advantage of resources from ASEAN and ASEAN-dialogue partners cooperation funds.

The event offers an opportunity for researcher and leaders of professional agencies in southern cities and provinces to update knowledge about ASEAN, get deeper insights into development cooperation mechanisms and projects, ASEAN and ASEAN-dialogue partners cooperation funds as well as possibilities of making use of these funds.

According to the MoFA, in recent times, the localities have actively implemented foreign relations work and enhanced international cooperation. They are in need of support resources to contribute to their socio-economic development.

However, many of them are yet to have full information about the objectives and criteria of these funds as well show their embarrassment in accessing the funds’ capital sources to develop projects.

Duong Hai Hung, deputy head of the ministry’s ASEAN Department, the course aims to provide information and guide how to apply development cooperation projects as well as to build, supervise and assess the projects in line with the standard process set by the ASEAN Secretariat.

The ASEAN cooperation projects must ensure the purposes and principles of ASEAN in realising development cooperation among parties as well as the central role of ASEAN, common rules and non-discrimination.

At present, there are over 70 cooperation funds and programmes within the frameworks of ASEAN and ASEAN with dialogue partners. Over the past time, these funds and programmes have significantly contributed to boosting collaboration within ASEAN and between the bloc and its dialogue partners, especially in such fields as connectivity enhancement, development gap narrowing, and response to common challenges.

According to Tran Phuoc Anh, Deputy Director of the HCM City Department of External Affairs, during the course, participants can study resources to develop projects, share difficulties in the project making and implementation, and propose ideas and initiatives to carry out projects.

They also look into the organisational structure and operation of ASEAN as well as the scale, criteria, priorities, processes, and approval procedures of the ASEAN and ASEAN-dialogue partners cooperation funds.-VNA