Singapore International Foundation (SIF) and Vietnam-Singapore Friendship Association (VSFA) Reaffirm Commitment to Collaborate and Deepen People-to-People Ties for Positive Impact

Renewed Memorandum of Understanding will extend SIF-VSFA partnership for the next five years.

Hanoi, Vietnam, 29 June 2019 – The Singapore International Foundation and the Vietnam-Singapore Friendship Association renewed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), committing to another five years of cooperation between Singapore and Vietnam at the people-to-people level. Announced at the SIF Connects! Hanoi event today, the renewed MOU will pave the way for further cross-border collaboration between the two communities, in the areas of healthcare, education, arts and culture, and social entrepreneurship.

Over the last 25 years, the SIF has collaborated on various projects with different Vietnamese partners. In 2018, the SIF launched a three-year Haemodialysis Care Project in Hanoi in partnership with the Hanoi Medical University to improve the overall quality of haemodialysis care in North Vietnam. As of today, the project has trained over 180 healthcare professionals and is expected to benefit over 5,000 kidney patients in the region. The SIF also embarked on a second run of its signature Words on Wheels (WoW) programme in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). The project aims to inculcate the joy of reading and lifelong learning to over 7,000 Vietnamese schoolchildren by 2020. It builds on the success of WoW HCMC’s first edition which empowered over 11,000 schoolchildren between 2014 to 2017. WoW HCMC is conducted in partnership with The General Sciences Library of Ho Chi Minh City and sponsored by Keppel Land Limited.

At SIF Connects! Hanoi – a platform for the SIF to re-engage with Friends of Singapore and programme alumni in Vietnam – SIF Chairman Ambassador Ong Keng Yong acknowledged the support from the Vietnamese community and partners that had enabled the SIF’s work in bringing world communities together to do good.

Ambassador Ong said, “The SIF-VSFA MOU renewal underscores the strong ties and trust that have developed over the years between the people of Singapore and Vietnam. The SIF and VSFA share a common goal to strengthen intercultural understanding through cooperation. In this regard, the partnership will augment SIF’s projects in Vietnam, spanning the areas of healthcare, education, arts and culture, and social entrepreneurship, to uplift lives. I am confident that multiplying our efforts to collaborate over the next five years will further advance good relations and yield positive and sustainable outcomes for both communities.”

VSFA Chairman Mr Vu Viet Ngoan said, “The VSFA is pleased to extend our partnership with the SIF after two successful years of working closely together. The renewal serves as testament to the friendship and cooperation Singapore has committed to the people of Vietnam through the SIF’s active initiatives in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. We look forward to deepening this friendship over the next five years.”

Today’s MOU was co-signed by SIF Executive Director Ms Jean Tan and VSFA Vice President Ambassador Nguyen Duc Hung. The ceremony was witnessed by Singapore’s Ambassador to Vietnam Ambassador Catherine Wong and the President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga.



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