Strengthening Overseas Vietnamese Affairs

A Conclusion of the Politburo on the overseas Vietnamese affairs affirms that the overseas Vietnamese community is an inseparable part of Vietnam.
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Conclusion 12-KL/TW of the Politburo dated Aug. 12, 2021, on the overseas Vietnamese affairs iaffirms that the overseas Vietnamese community is an inseparable part of the people of Vietnam.

Key duties

The Vietnamese community abroad consists of 5.3 million Vietnamese living, working and studying in 130 countries and regions, 80% of whom are in developing countries. Most have stable legal status and life, integrating deeply into the local societies. Wherever they are, overseas Vietnamese are an inseparable part of the people of Vietnam and an important factor contributing to the development and protection of the country.

To continue performing the Politburo’s resolutions and instructions on overseas Vietnamese affairs, the buro’s conclusion proposes key groups of solutions and duties, notably continuing to raise awareness and sense of responsibilities in carrying out the Party and government of Vietnam’s national unity policy for Vietnamese abroad.

Strengthening Overseas Vietnamese Affairs
Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son underlined the importance of the Politburo’s conclusion in affirming the Party and State’s policies on consolidating national unity. Photo: Bao quoc te

In addition to activities to support the overseas Vietnamese, the Politburo highlighted that Vietnamese abroad should be encouraged to contribute to the development and protection of the homeland, supported to preserve Vietnamese language and culture and provided with a timely update on Vietnam and the Party and state policies.

The Politburo also noted the importance of completing the mechanism on collaboration between agencies in charge of overseas Vietnamese affairs, fine-tuning the organization and enhancing the effectiveness of state management of overseas Vietnamese affairs.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son underlined the importance of the Politburo’s conclusion in affirming the Party and State’s policies on consolidating national unity. He added that the conclusion demonstrated the Party and state’s responsibility in caring for the overseas Vietnamese and meeting their legitimate needs, thereby encouraging them to work hard, realize their potential and contribute to the homeland.

Bringing forth the potential and strengths of overseas Vietnamese

President of the Vietnam-Korea Businessmen and Investment Association Tran Hai Linh noted the key duties and solutions set by the Politburo affirmed the urgency of overseas Vietnamese affairs, and said he believed that Conclusion 12-KL/TW would encourage and bring forth the potential and strengths of overseas Vietnamese.

Linh underlined that Vietnam had been completing the regulations and policies to improve the quality and effectiveness of foreign cooperation to attract foreign investment, taking quality, effectiveness, high-tech products, environmental protection and surplus values as the main selection criteria.

He also noted that Vietnam was prioritizing projects with advanced, innovative and clean technologies, modern governance methods and high added-value, replicability and potential to connect the global production and supply chains.

Strengthening Overseas Vietnamese Affairs
The Vietnamese community in Mongolia made donations to Vietnam’s Covid-19 Vaccine Fund. Photo: Vietnam Times

Ngo Lien Huong, a Vietnamese living in Canada, said the Vietnamese abroad paid attention to preserving the Vietnamese cultural values. Huong added that the Vietnamese community in Canada strived to maintain cultural activities such as Tet Holiday and Mid-autumn Festival, teaching young children Vietnamese, developing Vietnamese libraries and classes and holding Vietnamese language contests so that the younger generations could understand Vietnamese culture.

Huong believed that the connections in language and culture would contribute to cementing the spirit of solidarity amongst the Vietnamese community, wherever they were.

Initiatives and proposals to help Vietnam curb Covid

As the Covid-19 pandemic in Vietnam continues to be complicated, the overseas Vietnamese community has been proposing ideas and initiatives to help the homeland fight against Covid.

President of the Vietnamese Association in Russia Do Xuan Hoang noted that the project “Together with Vietnam” had been implemented by the Vietnamese community in Russia since Aug. 15 and had gathered US$ 130,000. This donation would be handed over to the representative body of Vietnam in Russia to buy vaccines for Vietnam as soon as possible.

According to the President of the Vietnam Business Association in Australia Tran Ba Phuc, the Vietnamese community in Australia was concerned about the Covid situation in Vietnam.

Vietnamese businesses in the country were working to mobilize support from the Australian government to secure vaccines for Vietnam and help Vietnam buy vaccines produced in Australia.

Strengthening Overseas Vietnamese Affairs
President of the Vietnam-Korea Businessmen and Investment Association Tran Hai Linh. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

The President of the Vietnam-Korea Businessmen and Investment Association proposed that to ensure the effectiveness of social lockdown measures, Vietnam had to address social welfare issues and implement policies to support disadvantaged people.

Linh also noted that Vietnamese localities should apply tools to accelerate digitalized data storage to help the medical and supporting staff coordinate human resources and the Covid-19 Prevention Steering Committee to monitor the situation and implement timely and suitable solutions.

Linh said he believed that Vietnam would soon overcome the Covid-19 pandemic with the determination of the community and government and return to the “new normal” life.

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