The congress elected a 14-member Executive Committee and former Deputy Foreign Minister Le Cong Phuc as VAFCA President for the 2011-2016 term.
The associationâ€™s activities were intended to promote understanding between the people of Viet Nam and other ASEAN member countries and contribute to consolidating and developing friendship and cooperation in economics, trade, science and technology, education and training, culture, sport and tourism between Viet Nam and other ASEAN members, for the sake of the people of Viet Nam and ASEAN nations and for peace, cooperation and development.
President Phung said during the 2011-2016 term the association would actively carry out activities to raise peopleâ€™s awareness of the tradition and history of the Viet Nam-ASEAN friendship and cooperation.
VAFCA will also assist with activities to introduce Viet Nam â€™s partners and ASEAN countries to develop trade relations and organise delegations to exhibitions, fairs and promote trade and market development.
In addition, the association will function as a bridge for businesses of Viet Nam and ASEAN nations to set up and expand business and cooperative ties in the fields of both sidesâ€™ concern.
President of the Viet Nam Union of Friendship Organisations Vu Xuan Hong said he hoped the association would receive further support and assistance from Viet Namâ€™s relevant agencies and ASEAN member countriesâ€™ embassies in the country for its effective operation, contributing to enhancing the understanding and all-around cooperation between Viet Nam and other ASEAN nations.
Thai Ambassador to Viet Nam Anuson Chinvanno said that the first VAFCA congress was one of a series of events marking the 44 th founding anniversary of ASEAN (August 8).
He said he believed the congress would help the public become deeply aware of ASEAN and boost ASEAN integration.
He affirmed that the Thai embassy would do its best for the future of the association and expressed his belief that the association would provide an active forum to enhance the solidarity and cooperation of the ASEAN family in Viet Nam. /.