HCM CITY (VNS)— Technology transfer is one of the best ways in which overseas Vietnamese (Viet Kieu) can contribute to Viet Nam's progress, HCM City People's Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan said yesterday.
Addressing a meeting held to review operations of the Overseas Vietnamese Committee of HCM City last year, Quan also said Viet Nam would continue to create the most favourable conditions and incentives for members of the community to return and contribute to the country's socio-economic development.
Last year, the city made many positive changes in policies, procedures and incentives to facilitate activities of the Overseas Vietnamese community in general and the committee in particular, he said.
He cited significant improvements in immigration, tax and customs procedures as examples.
Many meetings were organised last year in order to understand and respond to problems and difficulties facing the Overseas Vietnamese community and their businesses in the city, the meeting heard.
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The committee has also held seminars to provide more than 1,950 overseas Vietnamese and their relatives in Viet Nam with information about policies and laws relating to investment, temporary residence, doing business and acquiring land and housing in the country.
It has worked with the Embassy of Viet Nam, the Consulate General of Viet Nam in Battambang Province and other organisations in Cambodia to provide free health checks and offer gifts for the Overseas Vietnamese community there.
The committee also worked with the HCM City People's Committee as well as other organisations to celebrate the "Year of Solidarity and Friendship between Viet Nam and Laos," offering free medical check-ups and medicines for poor members of the Overseas Vietnamese community as well as other needy Lao citizens. The celebration marked 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two neighbours.
A forum about studying in France was held for students in HCM City by the committee in collaboration with the Vietnamese Students Association in that country.
In co-ordination with the city's Department of Planning and Investment as well as the Investment and Trade Promotion Centre, the committee held many seminars on trade and investment promotion activities particularly targeting the Overseas Vietnamese community.
The conference also set out tasks for this year to encourage more Overseas Vietnamese to return and help the country push ahead. About four million Vietnamese are living, studying and working around the world.
Last year, Viet Nam attracted more than US$10 billion in overseas remittances, a year-on-year increase of 10 per cent, according to the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese.
Viet Nam ranks seventh in the world in attracting overseas remittances. — VNS