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COMINGO, VUFO to further enhance information sharing with NGOs

Hannah Nguyen Hannah Nguyen

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April 23, 2021 | 08:27

The Committee for Foreign Non-governmental Organizations Affairs (COMINGO) and the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) will continue to increase direct or virtual information sharing with foreign NGOs, affirmed Phan Anh Son, COMINGO Vice Chairman.

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COMINGO, VUFO to further enhance information sharing with NGOs
At the information sharing conference with Vietnamese officials working in foreign NGOs on April 16 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Recently, in Ho Chi Minh City, the COMINGO has organized an information sharing conference with Vietnamese officials working in foreign NGOs.

Son, who is also VUFO Vice Chairman cum General Secretary chaired the conference.

Promoting the positive results of the first conference which held in Hanoi in December 2020 and highly appreciated by NGOs, this conference continues to aim at strengthening connectivity, aid mobilization in particular and cooperation with foreign NGOs in general.

More than 100 delegates who are staff working in 70 NGOs operating in the southern provinces attended the conference. They are staff members who play an important role in advising and making recommendations to NGOs when implementing operations in Vietnam; as well as the person in charge of programs, projects and finances within the organizations.

At the conference, Son shared information about global, Asia-Pacific regional and ASEAN situations along with its impacts on Vietnam and foreign NGOs work; foreign NGOs's work results in 2020, directions and tasks in 2021 and the following years.

Foreign NGOs’ representatives also shared relevant information and discussed plans and directions of operations of NGOs in Vietnam in the coming time.

Participants highly appreciated that the COMINGO and the VUFO actively shared information, clarifying the undertakings and policies of the Party and State on foreign NGOs' work; thereby helping Vietnamese staff working in foreign NGOs improve the quality and efficiency of their work, especially in consulting to formulate development paths suitable for Vietnam.

Also at the conference, Son exchanged and answered questions and proposals of delegates; suggested directions, solutions to handle specific situations and problems posed by delegates.

He affirmed that the COMINGO and the VUFO will continue to increase information sharing directly or online. At the same time, he hopes that delegates and NGOs will actively and promptly increase its feedback sharing activities in order to build suitable cooperation mechanisms between the country and foreign NGOs in order to achieve more sustainable results in this work.

COMINGO, VUFO to further enhance information sharing with NGOs
Phan Anh Son, COMINGO Vice Chairman, VUFO Vice Chairman cum General Secretary chaired the conference.

The activities of international Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) in Vietnam and their administration by the Government of Vietnam are managed by Government Decree No. 12/2012/ND-CP, which came into effect on 1 June 2012. Decree No. 12 replaces Prime Minister's Decision No. 340/QD-TTg of May 1996.

The Committee for Foreign NGO Affairs (COMINGO) brings together key Vietnamese government ministries and other bodies to assist the Prime Minister in guiding and addressing issues relating to foreign NGOs. COMINGO was established on 24 April 2001 under Decision 59/2001/QQ-TTg of the Prime Minister.

COMINGO works to propose guidelines and policies related to foreign NGOs in Vietnam, coordinate with relevant agencies to provide guidance, monitoring, and oversight for the implementation of laws and policies relating to the operations of foreign NGOs.

At the same time, COMINGO also works to take the lead in the appraisal, via its member agencies, of foreign NGOs in order to forward documentation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the purpose of granting, extension, supplement, amendment and revocation of the Certificates of Revocation of foreign NGOs in Vietnam.

Furthermore, COMINGO carries out tasks related to foreign NGOs in Vietnam as assigned by the Prime Minister and makes periodic reports to the Prime Minister on the operations of foreign NGOs in Vietnam.

The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) is the standing agency of the Committee for Foreign NGO Affairs (COMINGO). VUFO is a nation-wide socio-political organisation whose main function is to establish and promote friendly and co-operative people-to-people relations between Vietnam and other countries. Under Decree 12/2012/ND-CP, VUFO is responsible for communication and promotion of foreign non-governmental assistance./.

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