of Prof. Trinh Ngoc Trinh Director of HEDO on the 2nd National
Vietnam- Britain Friendship Association
(Hanoi 19th March 2008)
the Chairman of Vietnam Peace and Friendship Association Mr. Nguyen
Dear Mr. Ho Si Thoang, chairman of Vietnam- Britain Friendship
Dear HM UK Ambassador to Vietnam Mr. Mark AG Kent.
The Vietnamese- Britain Friendship Association was just founded
and operated only for the first term 5 years but it has built the
solid foundation with many interesting activities and a lot of
experience about public diplomacy, friendship development, cooperation
between the 2 countries Vietnam and United Kingdom.
1. In the past years, our association has had a good relationship
with the UK Embassy, especially through our members such as the
UK Anumi club for the people who worked and studied in the UK and
through the Highland Education Development Organisation (HEDO Vietnam)
our office. There are many times that the Ambassador came to work
with HEDO or go with HEDO’s leaders to check projects funded
by British Embassy in Tuyen Quang, Bac Kan, Kontum, Gia lai, Dac
Lac. The Ambassador was very interested in the activities of the
Vietnam- Britain Friendship Association and we have introduced
to the Ambassador the activities and works of our association.
2. In the last term, our association has built a good relationship
and tight cooperation with the Britain- Vietnam Friendship Association.
We has created good conditions for Britain- Vietnam Friendship
Association to operate such as dissemination works to members and
our organization has built up programs for Mr. Len Aldis, General
Secretary of Britain- Vietnam Friendship Association to give scholarships
for poor pupils, visiting and talking with universities, studying
about social economic of some ethnic minority provinces. When he
came back to the UK, he wrote many articles to introduce about
the education development, health and hunger elimination of Vietnam
in English newspaper, mostly in the “ Morning Star” and
association report “ Vietnam Report”. Our Association
and members of our Association HEDO Vietnam has nominated and was
granted medals for the head of 2 organizations, Mr. Len Aldis-
general secretary of Britain- Vietnam Friendship Association, Dr
Madeleine Sharp- Hon secretary and teacher Margaret Methley- Chairwoman
of Medical and Scientific Aid for Vietnam, Lao and Cambodia ( MSA.V.L.C)
who were given medals directly by president of Vietnam Nguyen Minh
Triet in the National Assembly house, at Ba Dinh square. Many English
friends who support and admire Vietnam were impressed by the event.
3. One important achievement is that our association has set up
the Anumi for the people who studied and love the UK with the Chairman
of Mr. Hoang van Dung. The club has many interesting activities
to unify people who used to have good education of the UK for promoting
their talents to make better country and to be grateful to universities,
teachers and education of UK in training talented people for Vietnam
that was emphasized by the 2 prime ministers of Vietnam and UK
Nguyen Tan Dung and Gordon Brown in the “Vietnam- UK joint
declaration” in March 2008.
Our Association has carried out a lot of activities to strengthen
the solitary, friendship, cooperation and development of Vietnam
and UK such as forming member branches, organize competitions “ To
get to know UK people and Country”, exchange ideas with delegations,
attend the children summer camp in the UK... But the others members
of our enthusiastic Vietnam-Britain Frienship Association can talk
more deeply about these matters:
Now I would like to have petition on some matters:
1. Our Vietnam- Britain Friendship Association need to take more
advantages and helps of the British Embassy, especially the Ambassador.
I believe that the HM Ambassador Mark A.G Kent and officers of
the British Embassy will welcome these ideas because support our
Association is to help to boost strongly the implementation of “ Vietnam-
UK joint declaration” between the 2 prime ministers have
signed “ Building partners for development” and is
help to carry out the declaration of our prime minister Nguyen
Tan Dung “ Vietnam will do the best to promote the relationship
with the UK” in the meeting with HM Ambassador Mr. Mark A.G
Kent in the afternoon of April 17th 2008.
I think that firstly we need helps about informatics technology,
providing us documents about the development of social economic,
education, culture and art of the United Kingdom, the relationship
and cooperation of the 2 countries... That work will bring the
big benefit not only now but also in the long term, not only for
our Central Association but for basic associations as well to promote
cooperation in culture, education and economic... and also deepen
understanding about history, art and culture, tradition... to consolidate
and develop solidarity and respectation, cooperation between the
2 countries Vietnam and UK.
In addiction to that there are many works that the HM Ambassador
of UK can help our Association such as understanding more about
the Britain country and its people, exchange delegations, people
of 2 countries, invite officers of the Embassy to visit, talk with
the branches of Vietnam- UK Friendship Association in the localities
on the occasion of the independence’s day of UK... In Vietnam
we have a saying “ Khac di, Khac den”, “ if you
love each other, you can do many good things”.
2. Supplying concrete guidances for branches of Vietnam- UK friendship
Association to obtain the objectives of the association is promoting
the solidarity for mutual understanding, cooperation and development
between 2 countries and its people Vietnam- UK, creating variety
activities. Organize to approach directly to International organizations,
companies and English people who are working in Vietnam.
3. It is necessary to propagandize, mobilize to form more branches
of Vietnam-Britain Friendship Association to enhance the achievements
of our association. We need more exchanging information, mutual
cooperation between the Central Association and branch Associations
to make the strong combination achievements of our association
in the time to come.
4. Central committee should be divided into subcommittee according
to the big special subjects allocate jobs to branch associations.
From this forum, I, on behalf of HEDO would like to express my
sincere gratitude to the Central Vietnam- Britain Friendship Association,
especially the chairman Ho Si Thoang for his last term who followed
hard, encouraged and created condition for HEDO to provide better
service for ethnic minority people in our beloved Vietnam country.
Thank you very much for your attention!