Illustrative image: A child painting on bilateral relations posted on the Facebook Page of the Vietnam-Uzbekistan Friendship Association (Photo: Facebook Page of the VUFA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam-Uzbekistan Friendship Association (VUFA) convened its fifth national congress for the 2018-2023 term in Hanoi on October 14.

The congress voted 51 members to the association’s executive committee for 2018-2023 term, with Luong Phan Cu re-elected as its president.

During the past tenure, the VUFA, consisting of over 300 members nationwide, had made efforts to diversify external activities and boost relations between the Vietnamese and Uzbek people via the communications work and the exchange of delegations as well as various cooperation and people-to-people activities.

Setting goals for the new tenure, participants agreed to enhance the association’s operations and expand the Vietnam-Uzbekistan traditional ties and comprehensive cooperation.

New tasks mentioned at the congress included building its cooperation plan and programme for 2018-2023 and an annual cooperation plan with the Uzbekistan-Vietnam Friendship Association, and spreading information on Vietnam among Uzbek people through delegation exchanges, economic partnerships, and cultural and tourism exchanges.

Lauding the VUFA’s performance and agreeing with its new tasks, Don Tuan Phong, Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO), suggested a number of measures to step up people-to-people diplomacy with Uzbekistan in the coming time.

He said the association should focus on supporting the development of trade-investment partnerships between the two countries’ enterprises, diversifying its activities, expanding membership, and promoting Vietnam’s images among Uzbek people.

VUFA members and Vietnamese people should also get frequent updates on Uzbekistan and its relations with Vietnam, he noted.

Speaking at the congress, Ishanxodjaev Kamoliddin Nuriddinovich, vice chairman of the Uzbekistan committee for friendship and cooperation with foreign countries, said the Uzbek people always stand side-by-side with their Vietnamese counterparts in order to push up bilateral cooperation across all spheres.

On the occasion, the VUFA received a Friendship Order bestowed by the Vietnamese President for its contributions to Vietnam-Uzbekistan friendship and solidarity in the past time.-VNA