|Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Tran Quoc Vuong speaks at the congress. (Photo: VNA)
The congress aimed to review its operation during the 2013-2018 period and put forth orientations and tasks for 2019-2024. It saw the attendance of 46 ambassadors, charge d'affaires and representatives of foreign embassies in Vietnam, along with representatives of 30 international and non-governmental organisations in Vietnam, among others.
Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc sent baskets of flowers to the event.
Nga laid stress on new requirements of people-to-people diplomacy work as well as the VUFO – a core force in the mission.
She called for opinions to map out operational orientations for the union in order to make it stronger, contributing to the common goals of foreign relations that are maintaining a peaceful and stable environment, maximising international support and resources in service of national construction and defence, improving Vietnam’s position in the world arena and contributing to global people’s movements for peace, justice, democracy and social progress.
Addressing the congress, Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Tran Quoc Vuong asked the union to work as a bridge between people-to-people diplomacy, and Party and State diplomacy in order to create combined strength in the front.
He said over the past tenure, the VUFO and its member organisations have made significant achievements, contributing to enhancing the friendship between Vietnamese people and those from countries worldwide, maintaining and consolidating a peaceful and stable environment, mobilising external resources in service of national development and raising Vietnam’s position and prestige, as well as the world people’s struggle for peace, national independence, democracy and social progress.
Pointing out limitations in their operation, Vuong suggested the union expand multilateralisation and diversification, optimise the widespread support of the international community for national construction and defence, focus on maintaining and deepening the friendship between Vietnam and neighbouring countries and others in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), key areas and some socio-economic centres to protect the country’s interests, prestige and image in the world arena.
It needs to improve the efficiency of cooperation with foreign non-governmental organisations and the quality of the mobilisation of foreign non-governmental assistance, he said.
The official also highlighted the VUFO’s role in building and perfecting the State’s policies and laws on peace, solidarity, friendship and people-to-people cooperation.
He expressed his belief that the union will well perform its core role in people-to-people diplomacy and reap greater achievements in 2020 when Vietnam serves as ASEAN Chair and non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
On behalf of Party and State leaders, Vuong presented first-class Labour Order to the staff of the union in recognition of their outstanding performance.
The congress elected a 19-member Standing Committee of the union with Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga retaining her position as VUFO President for the new tenure of 2019-2024.
It was reported that with the VUFO’s efforts, up to 1.597 billion USD in assistance from non-governmental organisations was disbursed from 2014 to June 2019.
Vietnam has established relations with 1,171 organisations, of which 501 have regularly operated in the country.