Comprehensive measures needed to support OVs: official

November 30, 2022 - 13:04
The Vietnamese community abroad forms an integral part of the great national unity bloc.


Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Quang Hiệu speaks at the meeting. —VNA/VNS Photo 

HÀ NỘI — Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Phạm Quang Hiệu suggested increasing comprehensive, long-term measures to support overseas Vietnamese (OVs), especially those in extremely disadvantaged areas, while addressing a thematic conference in Hà Nội on Tuesday.

The conference, held by the Party delegation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, looked into OVs affairs in service of the review of the 20-year implementation of the ninth-tenure Party Central Committee’s Resolution No N23-NQ/TW dated March 12, 2003 on promoting the strength of the great national unity bloc, for a strong country, wealthy people, and a fair, democratic, and civilised society.

Hiệu, who is also Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, proposed improving the efficiency of citizen protection, and stronger coordination between ministries, agencies and localities in managing and educating Vietnamese labourers and students abroad.  

Consolidating legal documents and reforming administrative procedures will help to lure more OVs home, he said, adding that resources from OVs should be further tapped.

The official also highlighted quick response in the information work in order to oppose distorted allegations.   

Hiệu said that the Vietnamese community abroad forms an integral part of the great national unity bloc, and that staying united with OVs is the task and responsibility of the entire political system and all people, with Party organisations playing the key role.

Ngô Trịnh Hà, Vice Chairman of the committee, reported that the OVs work has reaped significant outcomes, saying the Vietnamese community abroad has been growing and their legal status, economic conditions, position and reputation in host countries have improved.

OVs have tightened their bonds with the homeland and actively contributed to national construction and defence, he continued, lauding their role as friendship bridges between Việt Nam and other countries.

Reviewing activities for OVs, the report also pointed to shortcomings in the work regarding the supplementation, perfection and implementation of relevant mechanisms, policies and legal regulations, especially those on nationality, investment attraction, and incentives for OVs who are experts and intellectuals, along with issues relating to support to OVs in integrating into host countries, and the management of overseas Vietnamese students and labourers.

The participants proposed further consolidating policies and laws to create conditions for OVs to contribute to the homeland, and optimising resources from the community for national construction, especially their “soft” resources. —VNS