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  At the ceremony co-organised by the Embassy and the Vietnamese War Veterans’ Club in Berlin-Brandenburg (Source: VNA) Berlin (VNA) – A ceremony was held in Cottbus city of Germany on July 30 to mark the 70th anniversary of the War Invalids and Martyrs Day (July 27).  The event, organised by the Tan Trao Society and veterans, families of war invalids and martyrs in Cottbus city and neighbouring regions, was attended by Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Doan Xuan Hung, Vietnamese Defence Attaché Trinh Quoc Viet and the embassy’s staff. Addressing the event, Nguyen The Hung, head of the organising board, said that war invalids and family member of fallen combatants, including those in Germany, have set good samples in the cause of national construction and development in the peaceful time. He expressed his hope that the ceremony, together with other activities, would help young generations better understand and remember the sacrifices of heroic martyrs and wounded veterans. Over the past years, the society has mobilised resources to build houses of gratitude for disadvantaged families at home, Hung said.  Ambassador Dao Xuan Hung called on the overseas Vietnamese community to provide practical support for needy families of fallen combatants and war invalids in Germany, and expressed his hope that they would unite with each other to contribute to the development of the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Germany. During the event, a number of wounded veterans and families of fallen soldiers were honoured with…... [read more]

Mr Dung’s visit aims to affirm Vietnam’s foreign policy of further developing cooperative relations, especially in economics, trade and investment with neighbouring countries and those in the region including the Philippines. During the visit, PM Dung is expected to meet President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, President of the Senate Manny Villar and Speaker of the House of Representatives Jose de Venecia. He will speak at the National University of the Philippines and at the Vietnam-Philippines Business Forum and visit the National Hero Rizai’s Monument, Vietnamese Embassy staff and the overseas Vietnamese community in the Philippines. Since Vietnam and the Philippines established diplomatic ties in July 12, 1976, bilateral relations have increasingly developed in all fields through the exchange of high-level visits to enhance mutual understanding and trust between the two countries’ leaders and people. During President Arroyo’s visit to Vietnam in November 2002, the two countries signed a bilateral cooperation framework for the 21st century. They later signed a memorandum of understanding in November 2005 to ratify a plan of action to implement the joint statement on bilateral cooperation for the first 25 years of the 21st century. They have cooperated in implementing the Declaration of the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) in order to accelerate the adoption of the Code of Conduct on the East Sea (COC) and the signing of a tripartite agreement (China, the Philippines and Vietnam) on seismic exploration in the agreed areas of the East Sea signed on March 14, 2005. The three…... [read more]

PM Dung is scheduled to visit the Great Britain and Northern Ireland from March 3-5, Germany from March 6-8 and Ireland from March 9-10. The European trip takes place at a time when Vietnam has constantly made important achievements during the Doi Moi (Renewal) process. The country has maintained socio-political stability, achieved high economic growth in many consecutive years, constantly expanded external relations and deeply integrated into the regional and global economies. With its WTO and UN Security Council membership, Vietnam’s prestige and position have been elevated on the world arena. The United Kingdom, Germany and Ireland are developed economies. Germany and the UK are the world’s third and sixth biggest economies respectively, while Ireland went from an underdeveloped nation in Europe and has now become an industrialised nation and a role model for other countries to follow suit. The political situation in the three countries is comparatively stable. They all want to strengthen relations with Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam. The relations between Vietnam and the UK have developed well in recent years, particularly in economics, trade and investment. Bilateral political relations have also been strengthened through high-level visits to the UK by the then State President Tran Duc Luong in 2004 and the then Chairman of the National Assembly Nguyen Van An in 2005. Currently, the UK is the biggest European Union provider of non-refundable aid for Vietnam, standing at US$100 million a year. Two-way trade has increased constantly, reaching US$1.9 billion in 2007. The UK now ranks…... [read more]

The money was source from the Fund for Support and Encouragement of the Overseas Vietnamese Community (the Fund for Community Support) of the National Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs over the past six years. The Committee met in Hanoi on April 8 to review the operations of the Fund, from 2003 to 2008, in the presence of former State Vice President Truong My Hoa, who is also head of the Fund. Since its establishment in 2003 following the Prime Minister’s decision, the Fund has implemented an average number of 13 projects annually to teach Vietnamese and organize summer camps for overseas Vietnamese pupils and was mobilized over VND12 billion to build more than 10 schools for poor Vietnamese children in Laos and Cambodia. The Fund plans to organise a global conference for Overseas Vietnamese to contribute opinions on various fields, including economics, culture and science, with the aim of encouraging the contributions of Vietnamese professionals abroad for the betterment of their homeland’s development. The conference is expected to attract the participation of more than 2,000 Vietnamese nationals in foreign countries. In 2008 alone, the Fund for Support and Encouragement of the Overseas Vietnamese Community raised VND17 billion, and donated VND9 billion to the above mentioned projects.... [read more]

The programme, the first of its kind between the VBS and a State agency, was signed by Most Venerable Thich Thanh Tu, Deputy Chairman of the VBS’s Executive Council, and Deputy Minister and Chairman of the COV Nguyen Thanh Son, in Hanoi on July 16. “This move shows that the Party and the State have trust in the VBS’s activities and respect the freedom of belief of the Vietnamese people both inside and outside of the country,” said Mr Son at the signing ceremony. Mr Son said the programme is expected to make it easier for more than 4 million overseas Vietnamese to practise religion. The COV and the VBS have made an active contribution to religious programmes over recent years, including those held in Vietnam or overseas trips, to spread the word of Dharma to European countries. From the beginning of this year, a number of programmes carried out by the committee, with the VBS’s support, have left a deep impression on people both in Vietnam and overseas. The programme included a requiem for fallen soldiers held on Con Dao Island to mark national liberation day (April 30) and a prayer for peace and stability in the nation and the rest of the world held during the procession of Buddha’s giant jade statue in Phat Tich pagoda, northern Bac Ninh province. The upcoming event is a grand requiem for fallen soldiers and will be held in central Quang Tri province on War Invalids and Fallen Soldiers Day (July 27).…... [read more]

The talks, the first of their kind, involved Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Thanh Son, and Vietnamese Ambassadors to France and Singapore Le Kinh Tai and Nguyen Trung Thanh plus representatives of the overseas Vietnamese communities in both cities. During the talks, the Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs discussed a Government Decree to guide the implementation of land and housing laws to allow overseas Vietnamese to own houses in Vietnam, said Dang Ho Phat, Head of the Committee’s General Research Department. “The committee plans to host the first conference for overseas Vietnamese across the world in November this year and to establish an association for overseas Vietnamese businesspeople in the near future to help boost cooperation and solidarity among Vietnamese people living abroad,” he said. Both Vietnamese Ambassadors said that government policies and programmes in support of Vietnamese communities abroad have received an active response from Vietnamese nationals overseas.... [read more]

The Overseas Vietnamese community in the US closely followed the situation in their homeland. “I often keep track of the storm on the internet and consequent flooding, I hope people at home will do their best to overcome the aftermath and avoid any more deaths,” said Minh Vu, an Overseas Vietnamese from Maryland in the US. Meanwhile, in San Jose City in California, Vietnamese students at the local University provided news updates on the floods. The Overseas Vietnamese students’ association there is planning a campaign to collect donations to assist Vietnamese people back home. In the Ukraine, the Overseas Vietnamese community also kept track of tropical storm Ketsana via the internet. Several organisations and trade unions in the Ukraine are collecting donations to help the affected Vietnamese in the homeland to quickly recover after the storm.... [read more]

The announcement was made by Vice Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, Tran Trong Toan, at a press conference held in Hanoi on November 10. Focusing on the theme “For a community of solidarity and strength, actively contributing to national construction”, delegates will discuss major issues including building an overseas Vietnamese community of solidarity, strength and prosperity, and preserving and promoting cultural identity and tradition within the Vietnamese community abroad. The conference aims to assess the operations of the overseas Vietnamese community abroad and the effectiveness of Party and State policies and guidelines for overseas Vietnamese. It will also provide a forum for sharing opinions and mobilizing all resources of the overseas Vietnamese community to support Vietnam’s national modernization and industrialization process. At the conference, the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese (COVA) will hold a ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of its establishment and receive the Ho Chi Minh Order for its contribution to the cause of national liberation and construction.... [read more]

The meeting has been organised to review the activities of Overseas Vietnamese communities and the effectiveness of the Party and State’s policies to support these communities. A Radio Voice of Vietnam (VOV) reporter interviewed Nguyen Thanh Son, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the State Commission on Overseas Vietnamese and asked him to highlight some of the meeting’s more important issues. Reporter: Could you outline the reason for the meeting and what was focused on at the first meeting? Mr. Son: This meeting is very important, as the Party Politburo’s Resolution 36 concerning Overseas Vietnamese confirms that they are an indispensible, extremely important part of the Vietnamese nation to provide momentus for the country’s development. The meeting is expected to serve as a forum for Overseas Vietnamese communities to discuss ways of improving the living standards of Vietnamese people and develop the country, to create a consolidated community and unify the Vietnamese people and Overseas Vietnamese communities. The meeting will focus on issues such as consolidating the nation, preserving and developing the nation’s identity, encouraging entrepreneurs and their contributions to the nation plus attracting rising numbers of intellectuals from overseas. The Overseas Vietnamese also had a chance to meet with senior officials from the Party and State and will be updated with the latest information. Reporter: How will theState Commission on Overseas Vietnamese’s policies consolidate the nation and create a stronger link between the Overseas Vietnamese and their motherland? Mr. Son: Firstly, thanks to the 36th Resolution, many…... [read more]

Participants in the meeting proposed that the Government quickly complete policies aimed at creating the best possible conditions for overseas Vietnamese to buy houses in the homeland and simplify immigration procedures for them to acquire, renounce and retain nationality and to enjoy pension and social security after returning home. The State should make a breakthrough in attracting and supporting overseas Vietnamese experts in returning home to work for the country. Ministries and departments should set up expert groups in important fields to exchange information with overseas partners. Participants also urged the State to negotiate and sign bilateral and multilateral agreements and documents to help overseas Vietnamese stay long in residence countries. In addition, they discussed measures to preserve and promote traditional identity, teach and learn Vietnamese, and complete the organisational structure of overseas Vietnamese communities. The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and chairman of the Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA), Nguyen Thanh Son, said that such ideas will serve as a foundation for the Party and State to adopt more effective and realistic policies. On the occasion, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the COVA presented certificates of merit and insignia to 21 organisations and individuals who have made positive contributions to the national development. In the afternoon of the same day, delegates attended a meeting and a music concert to mark the 50th anniversary of COVA.... [read more]

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