The Dong Thap province chapter of the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association hold its third congress (2014-2019) on December 8.

The congress elected a new executive board with 30 members. Deputy Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Nguyen Thanh Hung was elected to as head of the association.

Over the past years, the chapter in collaboration with the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) has organised numerous meetings and workshops with a view to promoting the province’s culture and image.

Apart from introducing Japan’s small scale projects, it has helped provincial agencies to meet and mobilise aid from Japan’s government and non-governmental organisations.

From 1997 to date, the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap has received over 83 billion VND (3.8 million USD) in assistance in the fields of health care, transportation, water supply and drainage, and education.

Of the assistance, the Japanese General Consulate provided medical equipment worth over 4 billion VND (184,000 USD) for general hospitals in Tam Nong and Tan Hong districts.

In addition to helping provincial businesses learn into and expand their export markets to Japan, the chapter acts as a bridge linking the countries’ businesses to seek opportunities for cooperation in agriculture, trade, human resource development and processing industry.-VNA