In Ninh Binh: VESAK 2014 Organization Board had a meeting with Ninh Binh People’s Committee

On March 18, 2014, UN Day of VESAK 2014 Organization Board had a meeting with Head of Ninh Binh People’s Committee

Attended the meeting were Most Ven. Thich Thanh Nhieu – Standing Vice President of National Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (NVBS) cum Co-President of International Council of Day of Vesak (ICDV) 2014, Most Ven. Thich Duc Thien – Deputy Secretary General of NVBS, Most Ven. Thich Tho Lac – President of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha at Ninh Binh Province; Most Ven. Thich Nhat Tu – Deputy Secretary General ; Most Ven. Thich Thanh Phong – member of the Organising Committee; Ven. Thich Minh Quang – Secretary General of Vietnam Buddhist Sangha at Ninh Binh Province and Representatives from Xuan Truong Corp. – the main sponsor..

On behalf of the government, there were Mr. Le Van Dung – Vice Chairman of Ninh Binh People’s Committee with other representatives from Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Provincial Public Security, Department of Health, Provincial Committee for Religious Affairs and other related departments who attended the meeting.

HT. Thích Thanh Nhiễu phát biểu khai mạc cuộc họp.

At the beginning of the meeting, Most Ven. Thich Thanh Nhieu stated the meanings and yearned the meeting would yield solutions to all problems left in the cooperation of organization of this United Nations (UN) Day of VESAK.

In order that all provincial departments thoroughly understood the situation, Most Ven. Thich Duc Thien generally presented all the preparation stages for the Festival. According to him, all the processes were being urgently done. Upon the conference, the organizers in Vietnam received more than 300 dissertations in 5 main themes. The organizers had sent invitation letters to 95 countries with approximately 1500 foreign guests to attend, including 800 official guests and 700 self-supporting guests, which is a very positive sign that the international community shows interest in VESAK organized in Vietnam this year. For national guests, there are approximately 2000 monks and nuns from other provinces and guests from companies and unions, which adds up to 3500 guests as a whole.

TT. Thích Đức Thiện báo cáo các công tác chuẩn bị cho Đại lễ

All the projects of setting up at the airport, on the Phap Van Highway to Ninh Binh, within Ninh Binh city, Bai Dinh Pagoda area, as well as the Buddhist Cultural and Gastronomical Fair at the Pagoda gate, international music night, the praying ceremony for the peace of the country and people, the night of lighting candles for peace will be specifically discussed. In this festival, NVBS also performs the charity program to encourage study for poor families in Ninh Binh province with the budget of 1 billion VND. Upon booking hotels for delegates, according to the organizers, international guests are to stay in Ninh Binh province, members from Executive Council of cities/ provinces throughout Vietnam stay in hotels in Hanoi. The logistics in this festival will be paid much attention to, as said Ven. Thich Thanh Phong, each day the logistics team will serve 6000 vegetarian buffets to official delegates and 30 000 lunch boxes to non-resident Buddhists.

Ông Lê Văn Dũng - Phó chủ tịch UBND tỉnh Ninh Bình phát biểu.

Representative of Ninh Binh Province People’s Committee, Mr. Le Van Dung – Vice Chairman of the province, gave a speech of asserting this was a great occasion on an international scale; therefore, all the province would try its best to whole-hearted support the festival so that it would flourish. All the related departments under the instruction of the People’s Committee will assist the festival basing on the projects that the organizers made.


Most Ven. Dr. Thich Nhat Tu had a speech

As with the international scale of this festival, venerables representing the departments of the festival have stated the remaining problems and ask for help from the provincial authorities. Representatives from other provincial departments have also given some solutions to the difficulties that the organizers from NVBS encountered.

The meeting took place in a friendly manner, in which all the related entities were trying to successfully achieve the best results from duties assigned so that the UN Day of VESAK 2014 will thrive.

Here are some photos of the meeting:

Overview of the meeting 

Most Ven Dr. Thich Duc Thien reported

Mr. Le Van Dung – Vice Chairman of Ninh Binh People’s Committee delivered  his speech

News & Pic: Ngo Dung

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