FNF Receives Certificate of Merit from VUFO for Positive Contributions in Vietnam

On November 14, in Hanoi, Phan Anh Son, Vice President, General Secretary of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO), Vice Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Non-Governmental Organizations Affairs, presented the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) Institute in Vietnam with the VUFO Certificate of Merit for its positive contributions to Vietnam.
November 21, 2022 | 09:54

The occasion of this honor and recognition was FNF's tenth anniversary of operation in Vietnam. Phan Anh Son, who spoke at the ceremony, stated that over the past ten years, FNF and other German NGOs have engaged in a variety of practical activities to support the development of Vietnam. Many seminars, trainings, studies, and publications have been held by the FNF Institute in Vietnam in the fields of creating the Provincial Competitiveness Index (PCI), advancing free trade agreements, economics, and building capacity in Vietnam.

According to Phan Anh Son, since 2017, the Vietnam Annual Economic Report published by the Institute for Economic and Policy Research (VEPR) with the support of FNF is one of the outstanding programs. The report focuses on independent and objective studies on achievements, difficulties, opportunities and challenges in the development process, providing a scientific foundation for macroeconomics, policy making and communication. selectively change some major and in-depth economic issues of Vietnam.

Phan Anh Son, Vice Chairman, General Secretary of VUFO, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Foreign NGOs Affairs awarded the certificate of merit to Mr.  Andreas Stoffers, Country Director of FNF in Vietnam.  (Photo: Thu Ha)
Phan Anh Son, Vice Chairman, General Secretary of VUFO, Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Foreign NGOs Affairs awarded the certificate of merit to Andreas Stoffers, Country Director of FNF in Vietnam. Photo: Thu Ha

Over the last ten years, FNF's assistance and activities have helped to strengthen the capacity of policy-making agencies, research institutions, and local governments..., allowing them to make more effective contributions to Vietnam's economic development and international integration.

"The year 2022 marks the 47th anniversary of Vietnam and Germany diplomatic relations. The two nations have strengthened their friendship and seen as their economic ties have continued to grow since forging the strategic partnership. Mutual trust and various institutions have been enhanced through various institutions' mechanisms for cooperation, providing a new impetus to advance substantive cooperation between the two sides. This solid foundation will allow the two nations to successfully carry out many significant areas of cooperation through the efforts of the two governments and peoples, the FNF, along with other German NGOs, is not only supporting Vietnam's economic development, but also contributes to the strengthening of the relationship between the Vietnamese people and the German people," emphasized Phan Anh Son.

Phan Anh Son also affirmed foreign that the Working Committee on Foreign NGOs and VUFO are committed to coordinating, facilitating and supporting the FNF as well as other NGOs operating in Vietnam.

Andreas Stoffers, Country Director of FNF in Vietnam speaking at FNF's 10th Anniversary Celebration in Vietnam.  (Photo: Thu Ha)
Andreas Stoffers, Country Director of FNF in Vietnam speaking at FNF's 10th Anniversary Celebration in Vietnam. Photo: Thu Ha

Andreas Stoffers, Country Director of FNF in Vietnam shared, is a non-profit organization with a history of more than 60 years established in Germany and currently operating in nearly 60 countries around the world. The FNF Institute is always committed to the goal of supporting Vietnam to move towards economic freedom, prosperity and development.

In 2012, the FNF Institute was active in Vietnam. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Central Economic Commission, the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Institute Economic and Policy Research (VEPR),... as well as some local... are some of its partners. The Institute's operational goals include: Institutionalizing policies on the market economy; Improving the business climate for the private sector; Promoting the competition and ability of the region to attract investment; Promoting free trade agreements between Vietnam and major international markets; Building the entrepreneurial capacity of underprivileged students and women; international exchange programs for the purpose of training Vietnamese experts.

Annett Witte, President of FNF spoke at the ceremony.  (Photo: Thu Ha)
Annett Witte, President of FNF spoke at the ceremony. Photo: Thu Ha

Speaking at the event, Annett Witte, the managing of FNF Global, praised Vietnam's post-war economic rise.

"Among Asian nations, Vietnam has one of the fastest growing economies. Following the market economic director of 1986, the economy in this country exploded. on market principles, the growth of the private sector, and property rights—all aspects of liberal values ​​that The FNF Institute works to advance Even though Vietnam and Germany are geographically far apart, the distance is irrelevant in today's increasingly globalized world. Economic growth and Free Trade Agreements are bringing us together."

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