Foreign NGO Aid Reaches USD 228.6 Million in 2023

The Conference for Foreign Non-governmental Organizations Affairs (COMINGO) took place on February 28 at the headquarters of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations. The purpose of the conference was to review the activities of 2023 and chart the directions and tasks for 2024. Nguyen Minh Hang, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairperson of COMINGO, presided over the conference.

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The working session was attended by Nguyen Ngoc Hung, Vice President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organizations, as well as representatives from the Committee’s Standing Agency and agencies participating in the Foreign Non-Governmental Working Group.

Delegates were given a summary of the Committee’s 2023 Report on the Status of Foreign Non-governmental Organizations Work, discussed outstanding and noteworthy aspects from various perspectives, and determined the focus of work in 2024.

Deputy Foreign Minister, Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Non-governmental Organizations Affairs (COMINGO) Nguyen Minh Hang speaks at the conference. (Photo: Dinh Hoa)

In 2023, the world and the region experienced rapid and complex changes as a result of strategic competition among major countries and non-traditional security challenges such as cybersecurity, migration, climate change, terrorism, and pandemic. Additionally, the slow recovery of the global economy, combined with changes in policies and resources of countries with aid policies, has created problems and obstacles for all governments, international organizations, and even foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Despite the difficulties, the value of aid disbursed to Vietnam by foreign NGOs in 2023 reached USD 228.6 million, an increase of USD 4.9 million compared to the same period in 2022 (aid value reached USD 223.7 million in 2022). The aid focused on areas and localities in Vietnam that are in need.

To contribute to these achievements, the Committee has always proactively developed plans that are realistic and provided proactive support to foreign NGOs. The Committee has also created maximum convenience for NGOs while ensuring compliance with legal regulations and given technical advice and suggestions for the activities of foreign NGOs. The active involvement, support, and cooperation from the Committee have been highly appreciated by agencies, ministries, branches, localities, and foreign NGOs, laying a solid foundation for the Committee to overcome difficulties and challenges and effectively carry out foreign NGO work in 2024.

Phuong Nguyen