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Oman donates US$300,000 to central Vietnam to respond to natural disasters

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HCMC – Oman granted financial aid of US$300,000 to support some central provinces of Vietnam and their flood victims on September 23.

At a ceremony to hand over the donation to the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Omani Ambassador Saleh Mohamed Ahmed Al Suqri said, “We hope that the aid will help share some of the difficulties that families have suffered due to natural disasters, and the friendship and cooperation between the two countries will continue to grow.”

He highly appreciated the role of the Vietnam-Oman Investment (VOI) in handling well the role of an economic bridge, strengthening the relationship between Vietnam and Oman through its social activities, including medical supplies, scholarships, building green schools and relieving the damages of floods in the central region.

The Omani ambassador also hailed the efforts of the Vietnamese Government in the fight against the pandemic and the efforts of the Vietnamese people in the face of challenges, especially natural disasters.

At the ceremony, VOI Investment Director Nguyen Xuan Giao said that besides investment activities, VOI has participated in social responsibility projects in Vietnam and Oman as part of its mission to promote economic and bilateral cooperation.

Specifically, in the historic flood season last year in the central region, VOI and its portfolio company CME Solar, a leading firm in rooftop solar investment, supported schools in Quang Tri Province Hai Lang District to renovate classrooms, plant trees and install solar panels as well as donate learning equipment.

The program helped ease the floods’ damages and secure and maintain shelters for the people while protecting the environment.

During the Covid-19 outbreak in the Middle East and Oman in June last year, through the Oman Embassy in Vietnam, VOI and the Aikya Pharmaceutical Group gifted the Omani people 100,000 medical masks. In Vietnam, VOI and Aikya presented nearly 1.5 million medical masks to frontline workers since the beginning of 2020.

Giao added that during natural disasters and the Covid-19 pandemic, VOI is committed to supporting enterprises to overcome difficulties and would continue its social responsibility efforts with various partners.

VOI is a joint venture between the Oman Investment Authority and the State Capital Investment Corporation of Vietnam. Since 2008, VOI has disbursed nearly US$300 million in Vietnam, mainly focusing on sectors with competitive advantages, contributing to the country’s long-term sustainable development and meeting the essential needs of the people, including infrastructure, electricity, water, education, health, hi-tech agriculture and renewable energy.

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