HA NOI — A programme to welcome overseas Vietnamese will be held in Ha Noi later this month by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This year, the event, named Xuan Que Huong (Spring in the Homeland), will be held at the President Ho Chi Minh relic site and Ba Dinh Square on January 15, eight days before Tet (Lunar New Year) Festival, said Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Thanh Son at a press briefing yesterday.
The programme will include cultural activities and traditional festivals, with the aim of entertaining and sharing stories with overseas Vietnamese who return for the Tet holiday.
"The programme not only helps overseas Vietnamese understand more about their motherland but to also pursue investment opportunities via conversation and sharing," Son said.
"It has become a traditional springtime activity to call on overseas Vietnamese support and enhance national solidarity, especially in the first year of implementation of the 11th Party Congress' Resolution and the socio-economic development plan for 2011-2015," he added.
A party for the visitors will be held at Ho Chi Minh Museum as part of the programme, which is expected to draw nearly 2,000 people, including more than 1,000 overseas Vietnamese.
Vietnamese living abroad are encouraged to register for the event at Viet Nam's representative offices in their resident countries while those staying in Viet Nam can register at the committee's office at 32 Ba Trieu Street in Hoan Kiem District, Ha Noi.
Last year, nearly 1000 overseas Vietnamese from different parts of the world gathered at Thang Long Royal Citadel. — VNS