OVs Opinion Survey as Input to Relevant Laws and Administrative Procedures Reform
|At the online ceremony held in Hanoi on October 23.|
The Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (SCOV) recently launched its portal at https://scov.gov.vn, reported VNA.
Chairing the event, Deputy Foreign Minister and SCOV Chairman Pham Quang Hieu affirmed that the OVs is an inseparable part of the Vietnamese nation and an important resource to contribute to national development. He also hailed their active role and described them as an important bridge for Vietnam’s external relations with countries.
He said on August 12, 2021, the Politburo issued the Conclusion No.12-KL/TW on the OV affairs in the new situation. It outlined future tasks such as continuing to fine-tune laws and reform administrative procedures, creating favourable conditions for OVs to return home to do business, and renew the dissemination of external service information as well as the Party and State’s policies and guidelines.
In order to encourage OVs to join in law and policymaking in Vietnam, the SCOV also took the occasion to launch a comprehensive survey collecting their opinions on relevant laws and administrative procedures at https://scov.gov.vn/?page=Survey.info, which will be also uploaded to the Foreign Ministry’s portal and websites of the Vietnamese representative agencies abroad.
Hieu said the launch of the SCOV’s portal and survey aims to realise Resolution adopted by the 13th National Party Congress and the Politburo’s Conclusion No.12-KL/TW. Suggestions in the survey will be sent to authorities for consideration.
Speaking at the event, representatives of the Vietnamese communities abroad said they will partner with the SCOV and the Foreign Ministry to popularise the survey to contribute to its success.
Vietnamese Canadian Nguyen Hoai Bac believes that the launch of the portal and survey program is an important event for OVs, because 5.3 million Vietnamese living around the world can interact with each other, directly cooperate with the SCOV on issues such as visa issuance, temporary residence card, investment. In addition, the portal will also create favorable conditions for investors to enter Vietnam a quick way.
Nguyen Duy Nhien, chairman of the Association of Vietnamese in the Czech Republic, spoke hightly of the timely launch of the portal and the survey program, in line with the thoughts and aspirations of the expatriates in the Czech Republic and worldwide.
|Screenshot of the portal. Photo: SCOV|
About 5.3 million Vietnamese are living and working in more than 130 countries and territories around the world, 80% of them in developed countries, and about 50% young expatriates.
Those under the age of 45 account for some 60% of the number of Vietnamese in the US, Germany, and Australia - the second homelands of over 50% of the total OVs.
Regarding intellectual power, about 500,000 OVs hold a bachelor’s or higher-level degrees, including many working at research institutes, universities, and technique - technology centres of such developed nations as the US, Japan, and Canada.
In terms of finance, unofficial statistics show that the OV community has an annual income of about USD 50 billion. The income of young expatriates can reach up to USD 30 billion per year.
Responding to the call from Vietnamese Party and State leaders, overseas Vietnamese around the world have given valuable moral, material and brainpower support to Covid-19 fight in Vietnam, particularly to the country's goal of vaccine coverage.
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