On October 29, Mr. Jan Erik Støa, Country Director of Norwegian People’s Aid Vietnam (NPA), and Mr. Tran Trung Hoa, Director General of the Vietnamese National Mine Action Center (VNMAC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on continued assistance and cooperation in mine action in Vietnam for the period 2021-2025.
According to a Declaration of the NPA, the signing ceremony was attended by representatives of the Ministry of National Defense, the Engineering Command, Office 701 (Office of the National Steering Committee on the Regulation of Post-War Unexploded Ammunition and toxic chemical consequences), the Norwegian Ambassador to Vietnam and representatives of the United States Embassy in Hanoi.
The event marked another important milestone for the NPA and VNMAC to demonstrate the effectiveness of previous cooperation, as well as to show their commitment to continue joint efforts to address the legacy of the wars in Vietnam, and increase socio-economic development opportunities for the Vietnamese people, NPA mentioned.
Speaking on this, Norwegian Ambassador Grete Løchen declared, “We are very grateful for Norwegian People’s Aid Vietnam’s commitment to mine action efforts in Vietnam.
“The NPA is a trusted and valuable partner to both donors and recipient countries for their functioning and expertise in developing methodologies and policies for sustainable mine action. Their work has made a great contribution to sustainable development in Vietnam, ”said the Ambassador.