Photo: Hong Pha / Bien Phong Newspaper
At the reception, Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh expressed his thanks to the Korean Government over the years for assisting Vietnam in overcoming the consequences of post-war bombs and mines.
In 2016, the two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in post-war mine action in Vietnam between the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the 504 Program Directory Committee; signed a Memorandum of Understanding between KOICA and the Ministry of Defense on the Korea-Vietnam Mine Action Project; commencement of the project "Vietnam - Korea cooperating on overcoming postwar bombs and mines in Quang Binh and Binh Dinh".
The project has surveyed 16,880 / 20,000 ha; 5,194 / 8,000 ha cleared of mines/UXO; mine risk education for nearly 150,000 people and students in the two provinces; supported building houses of gratitude for 50 victim families, medical support, functional rehabilitation for 200 victims; building a database on people with disabilities and mine / UXO survivors; Capacity building in information management.
The Korean representatives also cooperate and assist Vietnam in overcoming the consequences of toxic chemicals / dioxin in some areas of Vietnam.
On this occasion, Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh suggested KOICA in the coming time continue to support and further strengthen cooperation with the Ministry of National Defense of Vietnam in overcoming war consequences.
At the end of the meeting, Mr. Cho Han Deog thanked Lieutenant General Nguyen Chi Vinh for taking the time to receive and expressed his wish to continue to create favourable conditions for him to fulfil his duties as Director of KOICA in Vietnam. At the same time, he also affirmed that in his new position, he would endeavour to promote friendly relations and implement cooperative projects to overcome the consequences of war.