Addressing the third international conference on relations between Vietnam and foreign NGOs opened in Vietnam's capital Hanoi on Thursday, Phong said ten years since the second conference held in 2003, Vietnam has received more than 2.3 billion US dollars in assistance from foreign NGOs, a two-time increase over 740 million US dollars in 1993-2002 period.

Among the foreign NGOs in Vietnam, 42 percent are from Europe, 40 percent from North America and the rest from Asia-Pacific and other regions.

Cooperation with foreign NGOs covers almost every field from healthcare, education to environment protection and tackling climate change, which significantly contributes to Vietnam's socio- economic development, said Ha Kim Ngoc, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

During the two-day event, nearly 800 delegates from Vietnam and foreign NGOs will discuss priorities and demand of Vietnam as well as cooperation direction in 2013-2017.

Xinhua - November 28, 2013