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VFF National Congress: measures sought to strengthen national solidarity bloc

The ninth National Congress of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) on September 20 sought measures to improve the efficiency of its local chapters and member organizations in encouraging the engagement of members and reinforcing the national solidarity bloc.

According to President of the Vietnamese Women’s Association in Hungary Phan Bich Thien, in recent years, thanks to the attention from the Party, State and the VFF, the Vietnamese community abroad has promoted its role in people diplomacy and made more contributions to the homeland.

She held that it is necessary to pay more attention to the building of organizations, unions and clubs for the Vietnamese communities in each country, while diversifying the forms of organizations to suit different groups, thus further enhancing their role in people diplomatic activities.

Alongside, it is crucial to mobilize Vietnamese intellectuals, experts, entrepreneurs and those with strong influence in the community to get involved in strengthening the relations between the host countries and Vietnam, she said.

She also proposed the VFF design policies to support members to expand connections with relevant organizations in other countries.

Meanwhile, Venerable Thich Thien Nhon, Vice President of the 8th VFF Central Committee and President of the Vietnam Buddhist Sangha (VBS)’s Executive Council, said that ensuring religious solidarity has remained a significant matter.

He pledged that the VBS will continue working hard to build a peaceful and fancy life and contribute to develop the national unity bloc in the new period.

Priest Tran Xuan Manh, Vice President of the 8th VFF Central Committee and President of the Committee for Solidarity of Vietnamese Catholics, said that the 7 million Catholics of Vietnam are highly aware of their responsibility with the motherland.

The committee has encouraged them to engage in building the country towards sustainable development and harmonious growth of economy, socio-culture and environment, he stated.

The official highlighted that Catholics have donated trillions of VND and thousands of working days as well as land for road construction as part of the new-style rural area building programme.

The Catholic community has also actively participated in charity activities such as giving free health check-ups to the poor and caring for public health, he added.