The group of four ambassadors to Vietnam consisting Norwegian Ambassador Grete Løchen, Cannada’s Ambassador Deborah Paul, New Zealand’s Ambassador Wendy Matthews and Switzerland’s Ambassador Beatrice Maser Mallor jointly took a field trip to visit Quang Tri, a province in the North Central Coast region of Vietnam.
Taking place around May 6-11, 2019, the trip was held to provide the four ambassadors a deeper understanding of the methods that Quang Tri and its populations used to overcome the detriment from war and to ensure a safe and better life for people and local socio-economic development.
During their tour, the four ambassadors had a meeting with the provincial leaders from the Quang Tri Mine Action Center and Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA). They discussed about the way to support the development of Restoring the Environment and Neutralizing the Effects of the War (RENEW), a cooperation project between NPA and Quang Tri Province Department of Foreign Affairs.
Four of them also had a conversation about new sustainable farming techniques with local coffee farmers of Huong Hoa District, including women and ethnic minority people.
The Group of Four (G4) Embassies has been working together in Vietnam since 2001 on several mutual issues concerning human rights, especially the rights of women, vulnerable groups, and ethnic minorities. The shared interest that the countries value also touching the areas of trade, education and economic development.