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Vietnam-Romania Friendship Association: Making efforts to implement meaningful activities amidst COVID-19

10:29 | 10/09/2020

On September 9, at the headquarters of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations, the Vietnam - Romania Friendship Association held the meeting of Expanded Standing Committee aiming to summarize work in the first eight months of 2020 as well as discuss the operating directions in the last months.

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The meeting witnessed the participation of Chairman of the Vietnam-Romania Friendship Association Tong Van Nga, Vice Chairman cum General Secretary Bui Trong Dinh, Vice Chairman Hoang Trung Du, Vice Chairman Vu Khac Nhu, Standing Committee members of the Association Nguyen Van Xuong along with Standing Committee members and some Chairmen of the branches of Vietnam-Romania Friendship Association.

vietnam romania friendship association making efforts to implement meaningful activities amidst covid 19
The delegates attended the meeting of Expanded Standing Committee of the Vietnam - Romania Friendship Association.

At the meeting, the delegates heard the Performance Evaluation Report on the activities of the Vietnam - Romania Friendship Association in the first eight months of 2020. Accordingly, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Vietnam - Romania, the Association has planned to implement many activities; however, due to complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of them have been canceled or postponed. Despite many difficulties, the Association has organized many meaningful activities, especially donating to the Romanian people against the COVID-19 epidemic.

According to the report of Vice Chairman cum General Secretary Bui Trong Dinh, after receiving information from the Chairman of Romania - Vietnamese Friendship Association and through discussions with the Vietnamese Ambassador to Romania, the Vietnam - Romania Friendship Association realized the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in Romania.

Therefore, on March 23, the Standing Committee of the Association held an online meeting and made a decision to call for donations for the Romanian people in the fight against the COVID-19 epidemic. After only three weeks, the campaign received enthusiastic support from many businesses, collectives, associations as well as those who have studied and lived in Romania. In particular, Tran Thi Thanh Nhan (also known as Ly Nha Ky), Romanian Honorary Consul in Ho Chi Minh City, donated 100 million VND.

vietnam romania friendship association making efforts to implement meaningful activities amidst covid 19
The Vice Chairman cum General Secretary of the Vietnam - Romania Friendship Association Bui Trong Dinh

As of April 16, the raised fund reached over 603 million VND. On April 13, at the Romanian Embassy in Hanoi, the representative of the Vietnam - Romania Friendship Association handed over US$22,000 (more than 500 million VND) which was then transferred to the Romanian Red Cross for purchasing medical supplies.

On April 16, at the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Vietnam Fatherland Front, the representative of the Vietnam - Romania Friendship Association also presented VND100 million to support the COVID-19 combat in Vietnam.

“The fund-raising campaign was scientifically organized, public, and transparent. It received acclaims from both the Romanian and Vietnamese press. This was a particularly significant activity in the history of the Association and made a small contribution to the 70th anniversary of Vietnam - Romania diplomatic relations", Bui Trong Dinh stressed.

At the meeting, the delegates also heard the announcement about the Vietnam-Romania friendship, at the same time discussed the operating directions in the coming time, especially the preparation for the 102nd anniversary of Romania’s National Day and 70 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Romania.

The delegates agreed with three scenarios to celebrate the 102nd anniversary of Romania’s National Day and 70 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Romania, depending on the situation of the COVID-19 epidemic.

The delegates also discussed the list of individuals considered to be awarded the friendship badge on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of establishing Vietnam-Rumania diplomatic relations, those recommended reward in 2020 as well as the preparation for the special journal.

vietnam romania friendship association making efforts to implement meaningful activities amidst covid 19
Chairman of the Vietnam-Romania Friendship Association Tong Van Nga

Recapitulating the meeting, Chairman of the Vietnam-Romania Friendship Association Tong Van Nga approved three scenarios to celebrate the 102nd anniversary of Romania’s National Day and 70 years of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Romania. He stressed that awarding the friendship badge shows tribute and respect to the individuals and collectives contributing to fostering relations between two countries.

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