Encouraging collaboration between Vietnamese and Canadian public sectors

Enhancing cooperation with Vietnam is a key priority for Canada's Indo-Pacific Strategy, according to Patricia Pena, Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnership for Development and Innovation, Global Affairs of Canada.

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On November 7 in Hanoi, President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) Phan Anh Son held a meeting with Patricia Pena, Assistant Deputy Minister, Partnership for Development and Innovation, Global Affairs of Canada.

GAC is the official Canadian government department that manages diplomatic and consular relations, promotes Canadian international trade, and leads Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance.

Encouraging Teamwork Between Vietnamese, Canadian Public Sectors
Boosting Cooperation Between Vietnamese and Canadian Public Sector

According to Patricia Pena, one of GAC’s latest initiatives to support Canadian organizations in the Indo-Pacific region is a call for proposals and initiatives in key areas of growth in government and institution building. By mid-2024, suitable proposals and initiatives will be selected for implementation in the initial phase of 5 years.

At the meeting, the two sides agreed that the cooperative relationship between the two countries still has a lot of potential, especially relations between localities. For example, an increasing number of Canadian provinces and states are opening trade and investment representative offices in Vietnam.

VUFO President Phan Anh Son stressed that VUFO builds and maintains a good relationship with Canadian organizations in Vietnam. VUFO has built a mechanism to regularly communicate with them for better cooperation. One of the typical examples of VUFO’s Canadian partners in Vietnam is the Canadian Embassy in Vietnam.

In response, Patricia Pena praised VUFO’s approach to creating people-to-people exchange in many dimensions. She stressed that delegation exchange programs are also important in connecting people of the two countries. The programs are opportunities to unite members of friendship associations, businessmen, scholars, researchers, and so on, thereby contributing to the development of Vietnam-Canada cooperation.

Zoey Nguyen