HA NOI (VNS) — The Ministry of Planning and Investment, in conjunction with the Swedish Embassy in Viet Nam, held a ceremony in Ha Noi yesterday to celebrate 46 years of successful development co-operation between Viet Nam and Sweden.
Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong thanked the Swedish Government and people for their enthusiastic support of Vietnam from its past struggle for liberation to today's national construction and development.
Sweden was the first Western country to fund and maintain official development assistance (ODA) for Viet Nam in 1967. The country has so far provided Vietnam with more than US$3.4 billion in non-refundable aid through the Swedish International Development Co-operation Agency (SIDA).
Swedish Ambassador Camilla Mellander emphasised that over the past 46 years, Sweden had helped Viet Nam in poverty reduction as well as its development into a middle-income nation, with assistance mostly in agriculture, industry, forestry, economic reform, judiciary, health, education and gender equality.
She said Sweden's bilateral development co-operation programme in Viet Nam would end in late 2013. However, she affirmed that her country pledges to continue contributing to Viet Nam's progress through regional, international and multilateral programmes. — VNS