|President Truong Tan Sang has called for measures to promote contributions from overseas Vietnamese to national construction and defence. — VNA/VNS Photo Lam Khanh
HA NOI (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang has called for measures to promote contributions from overseas Vietnamese to national construction and defence.
Sang said it was necessary to remove barriers that overseas Vietnamese faced when they wanted to contribute to the country.
The President was addressing a meeting yesterday to review the implementation of the Politburo's resolution on overseas Vietnamese in the last ten years.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh said that efforts should be made to promote national unity and reconciliation.
He urged ministries, agencies and sectors to be more proactive in reaching overseas Vietnamese and ensuring their rights, culture and language when they settled in other countries.
Minh also called for drastic measures to help overseas Vietnamese, especially conservatives or those against the State, to understand Viet Nam's policies.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, Nguyen Thanh Son, said there were about 4.5 million Vietnamese living in 103 countries and territories, an increase of 40 per cent compared with 10 years ago.
"During development and integration, Viet Nam is facing opportunities and challenges. This requires mobilisation of all resources," Son said, emphasising that overseas Vietnamese were an important resource.
Deputy Minister of Education and Training, Tran Quang Quy, said that many overseas Vietnamese wanted to learn Vietnamese, but there were not enough teachers, facilities or materials.
Quy said a Government action programme had provided two language textbooks for overseas Vietnamese.
Quy asked for help from the ministries of Foreign Affairs and Finance to fund qualified teachers.
The Vietnamese Consulate General in Perth, Le Viet Duyen, said there were about 250,000 Vietnamese living, working and studying in Australia.
They kept in close contact with the homeland as demonstrated by the increase in those working in Viet Nam or visiting it to help underprivileged people or develop infrastructure.— VNS