HA NOI (VNS)— A get-together was held for representatives from diplomatic missions, international and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in Viet Nam in Ha Noi yesterday to herald the approaching Lunar New Year festival.
|Foreign MInister Pham Binh Minh proposes a toast to the new year at a party with representatives of foreign embassies and organisations, organised by the MInistries of Foreign Affairs, Culture, Sport and Tourism and the Ha Noi People's Committee. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Giang
The event was co-organised by the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations and the People's Aid Coordinating Committee, with the presence of Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan.
Speaking at the event, Doan extended her New Year greetings and best wishes to the international community. She thanked and highly valued their support for Viet Nam in 2012, adding that it was valuable and practical encouragement for Viet Nam in its national construction and development.
Doan applauded the union's contributions to promoting the nation's solidarity, friendship and mutual understanding with other countries and attracting assistance from NGOs.
Union chairman Vu Xuan Hong said co-operation between Viet Nam and other nations was intensified last year. Around US$300 million from NGOs was disbursed, contributing to reducing poverty in Viet Nam, and developing healthcare and education in the country.
On behalf of the guests, Venezuelan Ambassador to Viet Nam Jorge Rondon Uzcategui congratulated Viet Nam on its industrialisation and modernisation achievements, and said that due to its self-reliant and peaceful policies, Viet Nam had established friendship and co-operation with many countries and regions around the world.
Marko Lovrekovic, managing co-director of the NGO Resource Centre, affirmed his support of and participation in Viet Nam's development process.
Also on the day, Minister of Public Security General Tran Dai Quang hosted a get-together for delegates from foreign law enforcement agencies, embassies and international organisations in Viet Nam .
At the event, Quang expressed his thanks to the organisations for supporting the Viet Nam Police in protecting people's safety and happiness.
The minister briefed the guests on Viet Nam's achievements in 2012. Under the leadership of the Party and the management of the Government, the country had restrained inflation, stabilised its macro-economy and ensured social welfare, despite a slow global economic recovery and many difficulties.
He said that globalisation and international integration were posing many challenges for law enforcement agencies. More efforts were needed to intensify bilateral and multilateral co-operation to fight crime, protect security and social order and build a world of peace, safety and development.
Quang also expressed his hope the relationship between the ministry and other organisations would be further strengthened to maintain each country's political stability and social order. — VNS