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Update: February, 17/2014 - 09:09
Chairman of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan meets a group of over 400 expatriates, many of whom are living in HCM City and southern provinces, on Saturday.— Photo dantri

HCM CITY (VNS)— Overseas Vietnamese are an important component and a source of internal strength for the nation, Chairman of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan confirmed.

Meeting a group of over 400 expatriates, many of whom are living in HCM City and southern provinces, on Saturday, Nhan acknowledged the contribution of overseas Vietnamese to the country's socio-economic development, citing their remittances worth US$11 billion in 2013.

He hailed the expatriates for acting as cultural ambassadors in their host countries and bridging economic, scientific and technological ties with the fatherland.

HCM City has 24 overseas Vietnamese liaison committees and more than 2.5 million expatriates, including 9,000 who have registered for long-term stay.

According to the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, more than 4.5 million Vietnamese live in over 100 countries and territories worldwide. — VNS

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