The event was held in Ho Chi Minh City with the participation of French Consul in HCM City Vincent Floreani; vice chairman of the National Committee for Overseas Vietnamese in HCMC Tran Hoa Phuong and around 100 Overseas Vietnamese living in France, the US and Australia.
Engineer Nguyen Van Cong in France, representing for overseas Vietnamese to build bridge in countryside districts said that for 13 years, overseas Vietnamese residing in many nations acorss over the world have contributed to construct 236 cement bridges in disadvantaged and remote areas nationwide.
The average length of bridges is 6, 000 meter with total investment of VND32 billion ($1,408,738).
At present, the organizers have received as many as 350 appeals for help of building bridges in remote areas.
Speaking at the event, Consul Vincent Floreani showed his deep respect to overseas Vietnamese people’s contribution for the country. Construction of bridges in countryside areas has helped locals in these areas to travel safely, adding that this actvitiy has strengthened France-Vietnam relationship. At the event, VND 105 million and $2,000 were collected for the works.
Overseas Vietnamese engineers have directly designed and built the bridges, pledging their life span would be 40 years.