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Strengthen public diplomacy in the integration period

Wednesday, 30/09/2015

In recent years, Vinh Phuc has constantly expanded cooperative relations with international localities and attracted many foreign investors. To gain these results, the province has strengthened public diplomacy contributing to the socio - economic development of the province; simultaneously, promoting the integration process with other localities in the world.

Public diplomacy is always paid attention by the province. Until now, Vinh Phuc has set up 10 friendship associations with the participation of nearly 1,000 members. In order to strengthen solidarity and friendship with other countries, Vinh Phuc Union of friendship organizations has coordinated with the associations to organize activities on the occasions of Independence Days, feasts of related countries, meetings; keep in touch with foreign embassies, international organizations, FDI firms and etc. Every year, the province sends 70 - 80 delegations working abroad; simultaneously, there are about 80 - 90 international delegations visiting the province. Through these exchanges, many MOUs have been signed in all fields of economics, culture, and society.

The provincial Union regularly coordinates with the Department of Foreign Affairs to advise the provincial Party Committee to organize cultural exchange programs in order to promote the image and culture of the land and people of Vinh Phuc to international friends. In order to promote friendship and solidarity, the province has implemented many external and exchange events such as "Vinh Phuc hometown spring" for Vinh Phuc people living overseas Vietnamese to come back home for Tet holiday, thereby, encouraging them to preserve and promote the cultural identity, national traditions, towards the roots and contribute to build the homeland. In terms of peace, solidarity, and friendship activities, Vinh Phuc actively promotes the relationship with 8 Northern provinces of Laos, Chungcheongbuk-do of South Korea ... through many activities as celebrating friendship year of Vietnam and other countries (Laos, Cambodia and Korea); then, contributing to enhance the mutual understanding, consolidation and development of solidarity and friendship among Vinh Phuc’s people and people around the world. For the localities of Laos, so far, the province has supported them about VND 63 billion to build large constructions such as: political school, friendship cultural palace, high schools, kindergartens; besides, help them train students and staffs (105 pupils and students have been studying in Vietnam). In the relation with Chungcheongbuk-do (South Korea), the two sides have been strengthening the cooperation and development in fields of exchanging high-level delegations, investment attraction, exchange activities, education and training, and agricultural development. In addition, being one of the provinces attracting high flow of FDI capital, Vinh Phuc’s public diplomacy not only focuses on the State’s objects, but also extends to economic groups. Then, Vinh Phuc has many advantages in Party foreign affairs and State diplomacy with powerful economic conglomerates investing in the province.

Through actively establishing diplomacy and relationship with many countries, Vinh Phuc province has been supported by international friends through non-governmental organizations (NGOs). In the period of 2010 to present, every year, about 20 - 22 NGOs operate in the province with 30 projects of nearly US$ 3 million/year. Typical NGOs such as KFHI, GRET, MCC, AAF, Maryknoll ... from USA, Korea, France, and Japan mostly support areas of education, vocational training, Agent Orange victims, environmental protection, community development, water systems and etc. In the first 6 months of 2015, there were 22 projects of 12 NGOs with a total commitment value of nearly US$ 1.3 million.

In order to attract more aid from NGOs, the province issued the program of nongovernmental aid advocacy promotion further urging donors to join with localities to support disadvantaged areas; strengthen information dissemination and awareness of people, leaders relating to non-governmental work as well as the importance and benefits of non-governmental support; continue to enhance capacity of staffs working in public diplomacy; enable them to participate in training courses on public diplomacy and non-governmental work; send them to study in other agencies and localities; strengthen assessment on projects’ effect; coordinate more closely and regularly with donors and beneficiaries.

It is said that in the term of 2010 - 2015, the public diplomacy of Vinh Phuc province has created good impression. Many significant activities have been deployed and recorded many achievements. The success of the public diplomacy has helped international friends understand more about Vietnam in general and Vinh Phuc province in particular.

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