HAUFO’s 2016 Review Conference on Hanoi’s People to People Diplomacy

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(HAUFO) – On January 16, HAUFO held a conference to summarize Hanoi’s people-to-people diplomacy in 2016 and launch the emulation movement for 2017.

The conference was attended by Vice Chairman and General Secretary of VUFO Don Tuan Phong, Vice President of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics and Public Administration Nguyen Viet Thao, Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Le Hong Son, Head of Public Relations of the Hanoi Party Committee and Chairwoman of HAUFO Nguyen Lan Huong, vice chairmen, members of the Standing Committee and the Executive Committee of HAUFO and representatives of the friendship associations and organizations.

At the conference, Deputy Chairman of HAUFO Can Viet Anh summarized Hanoi’s people-to-people diplomacy in 2016 and launched the emulation movement for 2017. In 2016, HAUFO and its members were active, flexible and creative in implementing the people-to-people activities of the capital, and completed the plan of the year. That improved the friendship and cooperation between Hanoi and capitals and cities in the world, contributed to the effectiveness of Hanoi’s foreign affairs, enhanced mutual understanding between the people of Hanoi and international friends, thereby honoring Hanoi’s images as a dynamic, open, hospitable and peace city with thousands of years of culture. HAUFO renewed its activities to combine the friendly cooperation and the economic development through business connection programs. These activities contributed positively to the economic – society development of the capital, together with the Party and people of Hanoi to strive for the common goal to build the city become more prosperous, civilized and modern.

Speaking at the conference, Mr. Don Tuan Phong appreciated HAUFO’s achievements in 2016 in the fields of peace, international solidarity, people-to-people friendship, and foreign non-governmental aid. He believed that HAUFO will actively promote its traditions in recent years, overcome difficulties, have successful achievements and complete assigned tasks. On behalf of VUFO, he thanked leaders of the Hanoi Party’s Committee and the Hanoi People’s Committee for their favorable conditions to develop the people-to-people diplomacy, implement the direction of the Central Party Committee’s Secretariat and Decision No.41/2013/QD of the Prime Minister in further improvement operational efficiency and support new conditions for the people-to-people diplomacy.

On behalf of Hanoi’s leaders, Mr. Le Hong Son agreed with the opinion of Mr. Don Tuan Phong, and requested HAUFO need to give information, educated the young generation about international solidarity, cooperate with VUFO and its organizations in organizing activities. Hanoi’s leaders will continue to strengthen the coordination, support, and cooperation with HAUFO to improve effectiveness, quantity, and quality of staff.

Representatives of the Vietnam – Lao Friendship Association and the Vietnam – Russia Friendship Association in Hanoi, two units had the positive contribution in the people-to-people activities of Hanoi in 2016, also presented their reports.

On behalf of VUFO, Mr. Don Tuan Phong awarded Certificate of Merit for 01 unit and 03 individuals. On behalf of the Hanoi People’s Committee leaders, Mr. Le Hong Son awarded the Certificate of Merit for HAUFO, 02 other units, and 05 individuals, presented Excellent Emulation Flags in 2016 to 02 units and honored the title “Excellent Labor Units” to 03 units. HAUFO also awarded certificates of merit to 11 friendship associations, 10 individuals of member units and 15 individuals of HAUFO’s Office, and honored the title “Emulated Officer” for 02 individuals.

Hoang Duong