Taking the role as
boosting friendship relations between Dong Nai people and others from foreign
countries, the Dong Nai-based Union of Friendship Associations (DUFO) during the past five years has placed
friendship associations’ development as one among key missions in its first
current tenure. Til now, the province of Dong Nai is holding nine bilateral friendship
associations with Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Russia Federation, South Korea,
Japan, France, China, the United States. These ones have performed their voices
into the province’s diplomatic
activities, raising mutual acknowledgment, boosting people-to-people exchange and
promoting the images of Dong Nai people to the international friends.
Building friendship links with other people(s)
Founded in late
2013, DUFO seems to be unfledged in its tasks of promoting friendship and
solidarity. Only one member being the provincial Vietnam-Laos Friendship
Associations was established in 2009 while Dong Nai then was one among the
country’s leading localities for foreign investment and cooperation, earning
relations with more than 40 countries and territories globally. Developing
member associations, improving the quantity and quality of forces joining
people-to-people diplomacy were key missions assigned to DUFO at that time.
from 2015, more and more bilateral friendship associations have been
established in the province, taking the priority towards countries i.e.
Thailand, Cambodia, Russia, S.Korea, Japan, France, China and the United States
who have traditional ties, strategic partnership and comprehensive cooperation
with Vietnam as well as a strong economic-cultural cooperation with Dong Nai.
Within four years, by December 2018, there are eight Dong Nai-based friendship
associations already born, raising the recent number to nine associations with
more than 5,000 individual members. Those units have become bridges to build up
the solidarity and friendship ties between Dong Nai province and international
friends, mobilizing large number of organizations, individuals and the mass in
local people-to-people diplomatic activities.
with efforts paid by DUFO in terms of direction and organisational support,
member associations have gradually secured their stability in operation,
extending to 32 sub-associations and six inter-associations at grassroots
level. These units do proactively coordinate with related provincial
departments and agencies to organize cultural/art exchange events, taking
initial steps to put their operation into intensive approach, establishing
partnership relations with foreign countries and then widely spreading to all
classes of inhabitants in the province.
Born quite later
than other localities, DUFO and its member units though did give beautiful
impression on international friends as well as the provincial citizens.
People-to-people exchange events, under varied contents and means, have
received attention from foreign countries’ consulate general to Ho Chi Minh
city, FDI enterprises, non-governmental organizarions and the mass. Some are
planned to be celebrated annually like welcoming their national day,
anniversary of diplomatic relations, cultural and art exchange, art
competition, áo dài exhibition, etc. Notably, Korean Consul General to Ho Chi
Minh city Park Noh-wan made a visit and his speech
before some 400 students in Dong Nai. They all strike a more colorful picture
of friendship ties in the province, fostering mutual acknowledgement and the
bilateral friendship relations.
advantage of the endowed strengths, some bilateral units such as with Thailand,
S.Korea and China received support and assitance from foreign enterprises
running their investment projects in the province. This could be seen as the
initial advantages in an attempt to assemble a good relationship between the
association and such FDI enterprises. Thanks for humanitarian and social
welfare programs launched by friendship associations, nearly VND300 million
have been contributed by those FDI enterprises to help underprivileged
activities already formed the premise conveying the friendship sense of FDI companies
to join hands with Dong Nai authority and people to take care of social
Together with the
Vietnamese authorities and people getting access into an intensive integration
globally, the five-years-old Union of Friendship Associations in Dong Nai has
gained a strong growth in terms of member associations, owning trust and
prestige in its partners, step-by-step enhancing the role of friendship links,
bolstering ties between Dong Nai people and others abroad, furnishing into the
provincial socio-economic development in the coming time.