Hanoi’s Vietnam-France Friendship Association bridges capitals

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The Vietnam-France Friendship Association’s Hanoi chapter convened its fifth congress on August 27, during which it set to strengthen the introduction of the city’s culture and people to foreign friends.
The Congress was attended by Mr. Olivier Sigaud – Chargé d’Affaires of the French Embassy in Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Duc Chien – Vice President of the Vietnam-France Friendship and Cooperation Association, Mr. Can Viet Anh – Standing Vice Chairman of HAUFO, Mr. Nguyen Tai Thu – President of Vietnam-France Friendship Association and members of the Association.
The association was formed on August 2, 1996. It has 18 chapters with thousands of members. In the past four years, the Hanoi’s Vietnam-France Friendship Association organized a number of activities, as well as actively participated in various programs that promote friendship by the Hanoi Union of Friendship Organizations, contributing to the success of the city’s people-to-people exchanges.
In the 2017-2022 term, the association will expand its external relations and international cooperation as well as cultural exchanges to promote the city’s image. The association will also act to boost economic, cultural, sport and tourism connections between Vietnam and France as well as the two capital cities. At the same time, the association will organize humanitarian events to help the needy.
At the congress, the association elected a 30-member Executive Committee for the 2017-2022 tenure headed by Nguyen Lan Trung, Vice Standing President of the Vietnam-France Friendship and Cooperation Association’s Central Committee.
Addressing the event, Trung said that despite difficulties, the Vietnam-France Friendship Association in Hanoi effectively implemented its plan, contributing to the people-to-people relations of the city.
Along with joining people-to-people diplomatic activities, the association also engaged in friendship events to introduce Hanoi to international friends in general and in France in particular, while helping French friends to study the culture, architecture and socio-economy of the capital city.

Hoang Duong