Greater efforts to be made to foster connections with Vietnamese community abroad: Deputy FM
|According to Deputy FM Pham Quang Hieu, the Vietnamese community abroad has shown good integration into the host society in all fields and has become an important resource for national development. (Photo: the organizer)|
Speaking to Vietnam News Agency, Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Hieu, who is head of the State Committee for OV Affairs, said that the program will be the largest political, external relations and cultural event to be held at the beginning of 2022, aiming to foster links between OVs and their fellows at home.
This is also a chance for Party and State leaders to listen to the aspirations of the Vietnamese community abroad and honor collectives and individuals that make great contributions to the homeland, he said.
Hieu said that the program will feature diverse activities, including incense offering to national ancestors, carp releasing, paying tribute to President Ho Chi Minh and heroic martyrs, meetings with Party, State and Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) leaders, and art performances. State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc will take the podium during the program to extend New Year wishes to OVs.
According to Deputy FM Hieu, the Vietnamese community abroad has shown good integration into the host society in all fields and has become an important resource for national development.
Last year, despite COVID-19 impacts, the amount of remittances to Viet Nam rose 10 percent over the previous year, getting closer to a new record of 20 billion USD. Meanwhile, Vietnamese intellectuals abroad have actively contributed their brainpower to many important areas of the country.
Hieu underlined that amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnamese community abroad has actively responded to the call of the Party, State and VFF leaders for support in the pandemic fight. In 2020-2021, the community donated about 115 billion VND (5.05 million USD) as well as a lot of medical supplies to the homeland.
The Deputy FM said that in 2022, the OV affairs activities will focus on two major objectives of fostering great national solidarity and promoting resources from the OV community for national development.
To this end, seven key tasks have been given, including the implementation of a series of action plans, such as the Government’s action plan on OV affairs in 2021-2026.
More activities will be conducted to optimize resources from the Vietnamese community abroad for national development, support the community to strengthen their legal status, expand the teaching of the Vietnamese language, increase the supply of information to the community, and improve the capacity of officials in charge of OV affairs, stated Hieu.