Speaking at the event, Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Don Tuan Phong said the national programme calling for foreign non-governmental assistance in 2013-2017 was a success with all targets achieved.
The success was achieved through great contributions from NGOs, together with the efforts of Vietnam’s ministries, agencies and localities, he affirmed.
Country Director of Save the Children in Vietnam Dragana Strinic expressed her honour to receive the certificate of merit which acknowledges the NGO’s important contributions to poverty reduction and social welfare in Vietnam.
Strinic stated that Vietnam still faces many challenges, including an increase in the wealth gap and development gap between urban and rural areas. The country is also greatly affected by climate change, she added.
NGOs, including Save the Children, are committed to maintaining cooperation with the Vietnamese Government and partners to tackle these challenges, eliminate poverty and achieve sustainable development goals, she confirmed.
According to reports from ministries, sectors, localities and mass organisations, the programme was implemented effectively, basically achieving the set targets.
Many legal documents related to foreign non-governmental work were issued, while others have been revised, towards facilitating NGOs’ activities in the country.
Cooperation between State agencies and NGOs has been also strengthened.