Vietnam, NGOs chart future cooperation

Vietnam and foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have outlined directions for bilateral ties during thematic seminars in Hanoi on November 28 as part of the third international conference on Vietnam and NGOs cooperation.

On education, both sides will focus on supporting teachers’ training in all levels, building education infrastructure system, education exchanges, assisting in foreign language training and providing voluntary teachers for specialised schools.

Also on the focus is the assistance in information technology for schools, especially those in rural, remote and mountainous areas, the intensive training for school students in social vices and the support in clean water and environmental sanitation at school.

Social issues will continue to be the cornerstone of cooperative projects with NGOs, focusing on poverty reduction, social welfares for children, the poor, vulnerable groups and ethnic minority people, and the enhancement of proactive engagement of local people as well as Vietnamese partners.

NGOs’ cooperation in environmental protection and climate change response will target the greater involvement of the private sector in emergency aid.

A seminar on the Agent Orange/Dioxin issues and support for the victims highlighted measures to further speed up the handling of AO aftermaths and improving the living conditions for the victims.

In another seminar on overcoming the consequences of unexploded ordnances in Vietnam, stronger cooperation mechanisms between Vietnam and the foreign NGOs were proposed.

Participants also shared their experience and lessons learnt in the field over the past years, while giving positive initiatives to better the work, thus eliminating the risk of losing lives to unexploded ordnances.

On vocational training and employment, connections between Vietnam and foreign NGOs will be centred on the training of vocational teachers and the transfer of modern training models.

During a seminar on health care, foreign NGOs suggested the Vietnamese side establish a healthcare working group to process their proposals and advices. They also proposed further simplifying administrative procedures and completing management mechanisms to manage and use their resources.

According to the Committee for Foreign NGO Affairs, Vietnam has established ties with around 950 foreign NGOs.

Over the past decade, NGOs have implemented more than 25,000 programmes, projects and aid packages totalling some 2.4 billion USD, with over 1.12 billion USD coming from North America, 813 million USD from Europe and more than 450 million USD from Asia-Pacific.

The assistance, which makes up 0.21 to 0.45 percent of Vietnam’s gross domestic product (GDP), has reached all 63 cities and provinces in the country.-VNA

Source: Vietnamplus

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