HCM City welcomes overseas Vietnamese

Over 700 overseas Vietnamese from 23 countries and territories attended a welcome reception held in Ho Chi Minh City on January 25 on occasion of Tet (Lunar New Year).

Ho Chi Minh City leaders pose with overseas Vietnamese at a welcome reception held in the city on January 25 (Photo: SGGP)

The reception was held by the HCMC Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs and was attended by the City Party Committee secretary Le Thanh Hai, the City People’s Committee chairman Le Hoang Quan and the City People’s Council chairwoman, Pham Phuong Thao.

Addressing the gathering, chairman Quan wished all the overseas Vietnamese and their families a happy and prosperous New Year.

He also acknowledged the contributions made by them towards the city’s development.

Mr. Quan called for overseas Vietnamese to continue to make useful contributions, especially in fields like transport, water supply and drainage, environmental pollution, health, education and information technology.

According to the Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, Vietnamese expatriates have invested in 2,508 enterprises with a total capital of nearly VND37 trillion (US$1.85 billion).

As many as 117 overseas Vietnamese-invested projects worth US$275.24 million have been licensed and at least 10 of these projects worth nearly US$158 million are in the Saigon Hi-Tech Area.

Banks in the city attracted about US$4 billion in foreign exchange in 2010, a rise of 23.77 percent since 2009.

Overseas Vietnamese also took part in many social and charity activities in the country, like providing relief for flood-hit areas in central provinces, giving scholarships to poor students and gifts to Vietnamese heroic mothers, building bridges and schools in the Mekong Delta provinces with a total fund of VND8.2 billion (US$410,000).

Now, as many as 700 overseas Vietnamese intellectuals have returned home to work.

Dang Luong Mo, a Vietnamese expat from Japan, told Saigon Giai Phong newspaper at the meeting that he had hopes in the new Party and Government.

He expected that there would be new policies to satisfy overseas Vietnamese who could be encouraged to contribute more towards their homeland. 

On this occasion, the city People’s Committee presented certificates of merit to 18 Vietnamese expatriates who have made great contributions to the city’s development and to five enterprises and seven individuals who have created favorable conditions for overseas Vietnamese to contribute to the city’s development.

By Mai Huong – Translated by Hoang Thi

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