Post-Tet Gather Held For Overseas Vietnamese in Switzerland
|Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai (right) and Ambassador Le Linh Lan. Source: Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations|
Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the UN, World Trade Organisation (WTO) and other international organisations in Geneva recently held a get-together for the Vietnamese community in Switzerland and raised funds for people in Truong Sa island district, Khanh Hoa province, VNA reported Sunday.
The event, with hundreds of participants, was also to inform overseas Vietnamese (OV) of policies of the Party and States and outstanding achievements of the country in recent times. At the same time, create conditions for overseas Vietnamese and young people to promote solidarity and help each other.
The country, with a stable macroeconomy, was among few countries posting GDP growth in the past two years. Registered foreign direct investment in Vietnam surged 123.8% in the first two months of this year, reflecting investment demand and expectations of foreign investors on the country’s economic recovery and development, said Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai.
The country has successfully carried out the Covid-19 vaccine strategy, becoming one of the six countries reporting the highest vaccine coverage, she added.
She informed participants that the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs will arrange a trip for OVs to attend the death anniversary of Hung Kings, the legendary founder of Vietnam, next month.
She expressed her hope that OVs will support Vietnam’s post-pandemic recovery and a fund which helps fishermen in Truong Sa build vessels to continue clinging to the sea and protecting the country’s sovereignty.
OVs can make donations until April 25, ahead of a programme to visit to Truong Sa.
Vietnam’s Permanent Mission will uphold its role of enhancing cooperation with international organisations in Geneva, and join hands with the community in Switzerland to promote the image of Vietnamese people and culture to local friends.
OVs are called to make contributions to the country’s development, and strengthen cooperation between Vietnamese partners and agencies in Geneva and other Swiss localities, thereby deepening people-to-people exchanges.
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Vietnamese representatives in Switzerland in 2021. Photo: VNA|
Last year, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his entourage had concluded a five-day official visit to Switzerland at the invitation of Swiss President Guy Parmelin.
The leader wished that the OVs would continue offering mutual support, help fellows at home overcome the pandemic, as well as raise awareness of national traditions and culture among young generations, especially the Vietnamese language.
Staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Switzerland were asked to better perform citizen protection and hold practical activities to contribute to the homeland, thereby upholding the power of great national unity.
On the occasion, the President presented the Friendship Order to the Switzerland-Vietnam Friendship Association (SVFA) in honour of its contributions to the friendship between the two countries' people.
President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations Nguyen Phuong Nga also granted the insignia “For Peace and Friendship among Nations”, the most noble distinction of the VUFO, to SVFA President Anjuska Weil.
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