On September 21, Dr. Brian Grim, president of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, made an invited presentation to a roundtable with representatives from the Vietnamese government’s Committee for Foreign NGO Affairs (COMINGO). Grim spoke on the connection between faith and business, including faith’s economic value to the US economy ($1.2 trillion annually) as well as the embrace of faith-friendly workplaces by some of the world’s biggest and best companies.
Grim also invited the Vietnamese delegation to participate in Dare to Overcome 2023, to be held in India.
The roundtable took place at Microsoft Innovation & Policy Center in Washington DC, facilitated Suhail Khan, Senior Fellow for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Institute for Global Engagement and Director of External Affairs at Microsoft Corporation.
The roundtable was organized by the Institute for Global Engagement (IGE) at COMINGO’s request for the purpose of promoting engagement and cooperation between Vietnam and American faith-based charities and NGOs.
COMINGO was established in 2001 by the Prime Minister of Vietnam. Its mission is to provide coordination between key Vietnamese government ministries and agencies to assist the Prime Minister in addressing issues related to foreign NGOs. The COMINGO delegation is led by its vice chairman, Phan Anh Son.
The discussion included about a dozen faith-based organization representatives.
IGE has been working to promote religious freedom in Vietnam over the last 17 years. While there have been significant positive changes over the last decade, there is still much work to be done. The work continues.
See presentation bellow by the Vietnamese government’s Committee for Foreign NGO Affairs (COMINGO). Click for full PDF.