16/08/2018 09:34 GMT+7 print

Vietnam Coast Guard asked to better support fishermen

President Tran Dai Quang on August 15 requested the Vietnam Coast Guard to continue coordinating with authorities of island communes and districts to provide more effective and practical assistance for fishermen.

During a meeting in Hanoi with outstanding representatives of the force, authorities and fishermen of 11 island communes and districts, and representatives from businesses and socio-political organisations on the occasion of the 20th founding anniversary of the Vietnam Coast Guard (August 28), the State leader also reaffirmed that sea and islands hold an extremely important position and role in the national construction and defence.

He asked authorities of the coastal localities, including island communes and districts, to continue turning the Party and State’s policies, especially the Vietnam Maritime Strategy till 2020, into specific plans and measures to develop maritime economy sustainably, combine cultivation development with increasing the efficiency of fishing, and develop tourism services.

It is also important to develop maritime economy in line with ensuring defence and security, ensure social welfare, and help island communes and districts grow further, he added.

Over the past two decades, the Vietnam Coast Guard has fulfilled its tasks of patrolling and controlling law enforcement at sea, and helped protect the national sovereignty by law.

The force has taken the initiative in search and rescue activities, disseminating laws to fishermen, and carrying out military and defence diplomacy.

Since the beginning of 2017, it has implemented a “Vietnam Coast Guard go along with fishermen” programme in island communes and districts, which has contributed to strengthening the political system in these localities, making fishermen feel secured to earn their living and safeguarding the national sovereignty as well as sea and island security and safety.