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Committee for Overseas Vietnamese marks 60th anniversary

Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh on November 19 awarded the Independence Order, First Class for the second time to the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs thanks to its special achievements over the years.

The order was awarded on the 60th anniversary of the committee, which comes under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Congratulating the committee, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh said it was an honour for the committee and the entire ministry.

The committee deserves recognition from the State and the Party for its efforts and proud achievements, he added.

Over the past six decades, the committee has developed sustainably and became an important agency for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The committee has run many programmes that were highly appreciated by overseas Vietnamese such as the Xuan Que Huong (Spring in the Hometown), visiting the Truong Sa (Spratly) Islands, and a summer camp for youngsters.

All these programmes helped connect overseas Vietnamese with the country, said Minh.

The Deputy PM asked the committee to continue its work and creatively applying the Party’s policies on national unity.

The committee should research overseas Vietnamese potential and desires and adjust policies to make effective use of them. The focus should be put on technological transfer, investment and trade to adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The committee should resolve problems such as nationality and civil status to support overseas Vietnamese in foreign countries, help them uphold Vietnamese culture and act as a bridge to improve relations between Vietnam and other countries during the process of international integration.

The overseas Vietnamese community has developed continuously with about 4.5 million people in more than 110 countries and territories.

More than 500,000 of them have upper-university qualifications, including senior engineers and experts in science and technology, economy and finance.

Every year, about 400-500 intellectuals take part in scientific and technological activities in Vietnam.

At present, nearly 3,000 Vietnamese entrepreneurs living abroad invest in enterprises in Vietnam with total capital of about 4 billion USD.