Hanoi (VNA) – A training course for
United Nations logistics officers, co-organised by Vietnam and Canada, opened in
Hanoi on April 16.
Participants in the opening ceremony of the training course pose for a photo
Maj. Gen. Hoang Kim Phung, Director of the Vietnam Department of Peacekeeping
Operations (VDPO), said the course will provide training for 28 officers,
consisting of 13 from Vietnam and 15 others from 10 partner countries of the
Military Training Cooperation Programme. Running until April 27, it will feature
five lecturers from Canada and Sierra Leone, and two from Vietnam.
At the opening ceremony, Deputy
Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, who is also head of the Ministry
of Defence’s steering board for Vietnam’s participation in UN peacekeeping
operations, said that over the last seven decades, UN peacekeeping activities
have proved their important role in recovering and maintaining peace, including
rebuilding countries after conflicts.
In those operations, Canada has
continually been one of the leading contributors, with over 125,000 military and
police officers sent to UN missions. It has also been a key driver in proposing
important initiatives that have won high consensus, said the deputy defence
minister, thanking the Canadian government and Department of National Defence
for creating conditions for the two sides to organise the UN logistics officers’
Vinh also asked the VDPO to increase
coordination with other countries, especially with Asian-Pacific nations and
those who have cooperated with Vietnam, to hold more activities in the field of
Meanwhile, Canadian Ambassador to
Vietnam Deborah Paul said ensuring logistics is critical to the success of UN
peacekeeping missions, noting that through this training course, participants
will acquire useful knowledge for their tasks in the future.
She also voiced her hope that the
course co-organisation will serve as a basis for further training cooperation
between the two countries in the future. –VNA