Vietnamese in North Morava Contributes to Czech – Vietnam Relationship
Since the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in March 2020, over 7,000 Vietnamese in the North Morava region that borders between Czech Republic and Poland have proactively assisted local authorities and communities in responding to Covid by engaging in activities such as donating facemasks, and disinfectant solutions and providing financial support to medical centers, authorities, frontline staff and local communities.
The Vietnamese community in the region has also actively participating in multiethnic cultural activities held by local authorities to enhance the friendship between the peoples of Vietnam and Czech Republic and promote the Vietnamese culture to diversify the culture of Czech.
They also maintain Vietnamese classes to strengthen the bonds between young Vietnamese in the Czech Republic with the homeland and organize activities to support Vietnam such as constructing the community house in Yen Bai province and donating money to Vietnamese people affected by natural disasters in the country. In addition, Vietnamese businesses in Czech Republic such as Elmich have actively invested in Vietnam in the fields of medicinal products, household products and logistics.
|Executive Committee of the Vietnamese Association in North Morava and Ostrava in the period 2021 – 2026. Photo: Vietnam+|
Speaking at the congress of the Vietnamese Association in North Morava and Ostrava Executive Committee in the period 2021 – 2026, Ambassador of Vietnam to Czech Republic Thai Xuan Dung recognized and praised the role of local Vietnamese association in strengthening the bond between the Vietnamese community in Czech Republic, local society and the homeland, thereby elevating the position of Vietnamese abroad and nurturing the relations between both countries.
According to President of the Vietnamese Association in North Morava and Ostrava Trinh Tan, Vietnamese is the third-largest ethnic minority group in North Morava, following Slovakian and Polish.
Tan added that the Vietnamese community in North Morava placed high importance on preserving and promoting Vietnamese culture via holding Vietnamese classes and organizing Vietnamese festivals. These activities were made possible with the support from local authorities in terms of funding and location.
Tan also noted that the association’s priority was to help the Vietnamese community integrate deeply into local society to contribute to the development of Czech Republic and Vietnam and strengthening the friendship between the two countries.
|Ambassador Thai Xuan Dung worked with governor of the North Morava region Ivo Vondrak. Photo Vietnam News Agency|
In an interview with Vietnam News Agency at the Mid-autumn Festival held by the Vietnamese Association in North Morava and Ostrava on Sep. 18, President of North Morava Minority Council Vit Slováček praised the Vietnamese community’s active participation in cultural activities at locality and support to the local communities in preventing Covid.
In a previous meeting with Ambassador of Vietnam to Czech Republic Thai Xuan Dung, the governor of the North Morava region Ivo also expressed his appreciation of the Vietnamese’s integration into local society, especially in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Vondrak affirmed that the Vietnamese community was hardworking, integrated well into the Czech society and had made practical contributions to socio-economic development of the Czech Republic, especially North Morava. They were a fundamental linkage that strengthened the traditional friendship between the two countries.
Based on the potential for cooperation between Vietnam and Czech Republic, Ambassador Xuan Dung and governor Vondrak believed that the governments and businesses in both countries should cooperate effectively to carry out the EU – Vietnam Free Trade Agreement to bring bilateral economic- trade and business cooperation to a new level.
Ambassador Xuan Dung and governor Vondrak also added that both countries should enhance cooperation in the health sector, especially sending Vietnamese medical staff to Czech Republic as the country was in dire need of human resources in this field.
Vondrak noted that the North Morava region, with its current strengths, was willing to provide support to boost cooperation with Vietnam in mineral exploitation and education and training.
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