At the handover ceremony, Thang said the insignia is the HCMA’s most noble award to honor individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to the cause of training for leaders and managers of the Vietnamese Party and State.

At the handover ceremony

He commended valuable contributions and practical support of U.N. agencies and staff, particularly the Resident Coordinator, to Vietnam’s socio-economic development, implementation of sustainable development goals, poverty alleviation, and climate change response.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Malhotra and other representatives of U.N. agencies have actively assisted Vietnam in information and experience sharing and policy consultation on the pandemic as well as mobilized support in terms of COVID-19 vaccines and medical supplies for Vietnam.

The official expressed his hope that Malhotra will continue to work as a bridge of friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and the U.N., and spread the country’s culture and image to international friends.

Expressing his honor to receive the insignia, Malhotra said his almost five-year tenure in Vietnam was the most honorable job that brought him the most profound memories.

He said Vietnam effectively coped with COVID-19 in 2020, stressing his belief that the nation will put the current outbreak under control.

Vietnam has an increasingly important role and voice at the U.N. thanks to its active and responsible participation in and contributions to common activities of the international community and the U.N., he noted, pledging to maintain his support for the Southeast Asian nation.

Source: VNA