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NGOs provide valuable assistance

Update: November, 29/2013 - 08:10
Thanks to FNGOs, the percentage of households living below the poverty line fell from 13.7 per cent in 2008 to 9.6 per cent last year, said Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh. Moreover, in the past five years, the average income of these households nearly doubled.—VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Dan

HA NOI (VNS) — Over the past decade, foreign non-government organisations (FNGOs) have implemented more than 28,000 projects worth a total of US$2.4 billion in Viet Nam, making up 0.21-0.45 per cent of the country's gross domestic product (GDP).

Poverty reduction and sustainable development projects undertaken by NGOs have helped improve the living conditions and lessened the burden on a State budget already stretched beyond its capacity, said an expert.

Ha Kim Ngoc, chairman of the Committee for International Non-government Organisations Affairs, was speaking at a conference yesterday in Ha Noi.

The two-day meeting drew around 800 representatives from both FNGOs in Viet Nam and those yet to commence Viet Nam-based operations, as well as representatives of bilateral and multilateral development co-operation agencies, aid donors, embassies, strategic research institutes, people's organisations, ministries, departments and provincial authorities.

A training class in the central province of Quang Tri held by the Renew Organisation and the Humpty Dumpty Institute, a US non-governmental organisation. Co-operation between Viet Nam and foreign non-governmental organisations has made significant achievements. — VNA/VNS Photo Ho Cau

Thanks to FNGOs, the percentage of households living below the poverty line fell from 13.7 per cent in 2008 to 9.6 per cent last year, said Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh. Moreover, in the past five years, the average income of these households nearly doubled.

However, Minh warned that the country's growth and macroeconomic development remained unstable, the lives of ethnic minorities and residents in remote mountainous areas were still difficult and the country had to spend significant time and effort coping with natural disasters, diseases and environmental pollution.

As Viet Nam continued to address these difficulties, the country hoped to receive support from FNGOs in relevant fields, said Minh.

In return, he pledged that the government would "create good conditions for the FNGOs' operations" and "make the legislative environment more suitable and favourable for the organisations' sponsoring activities."

The country has established ties with around 950 FNGOs, according to the Committee for FNGO Affairs. — VNS

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