|A press conference is held on Thursday in Hà Nội by the Finnish Embassy to announce activities to highlight Việt Nam-Finland co-operation and celebrate 100 years of Finland’s Independence. — VNA/VNS Photo Thành Trung|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI — Afforestation and timber trade campaigns are among various events that will be held across Việt Nam to highlight co-operation between Việt Nam and Finland and particularly to celebrate 100 years of Finland’s independence, which falls on December 6.
The events include a workshop on forestation being held on Friday by the Finnish Embassy in Việt Nam and ActionAid Việt Nam within the framework of the project funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and ActionAid Việt Nam.
The project, themed “People’s participation in improving forest governance and poverty reduction”, is implemented in a context that Việt Nam’s timber exporting potential is hindered by a shortage of supply while the domestic raw timber market is underutilised.
A platform for decision-makers and stakeholders to discuss the current status, trends and solutions to maximise the capacity of the domestic timber market, as well as the standards that domestic suppliers need to reach to meet the international market’s requirements will also be presented at the workshop, according to a press release from the Finnish Embassy.
The Finnish Embassy will aslo coordinate with the Hà Nội People’s Committee to hold a tree planting ceremony at the intersection of Trần Thái Tông, Tôn Thất Thuyết and Phạm Văn Bách streets on Saturday, Finnish Ambassador to Việt Nam Kari Kahilouto said at a press conference in Hà Nội on Thursday.
The 100 trees to be planted demonstrate 100 years of Finland’s independence and the close friendship between Việt Nam and Finland. The event will also contribute to Hà Nội’s effort to build a green and sustainable city.
Other activities include a launch ceremony that will be held on November 27 to announce the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development’s decision to issue the Forest Resources Monitoring System, the ambassador said. — VNS