HANOI, July 7 (Xinhua) — Vietnam will send female officers to United Nations (UN) international peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and Central African Republic as proposed by the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations, according to Vietnam Peacekeeping Center on Thursday.

Vietnamese female officers are capable of performing tasks in the UN's peacekeeping missions, Director of the Vietnam Peacekeeping Center Hoang Kim Phung was quoted by Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People's Army) newspaper on Thursday.

The center has held specialized training courses for female officers, Phung said, adding that Vietnam will send those officers on their missions after reaching consensus with the UN on the tasks and locations for them, possibly at the end of 2016 or at the beginning of 2017.

Since 2014, the Vietnam Peacekeeping Center has dispatched seven officers to UN missions in South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

Vietnam is also preparing to deploy a second-level field hospital and a company of engineers to engage in peacekeeping missions when required, reported Quan Doi Nhan Dan.