A bridge linking Overseas Vietnamese and their homeland

10:24 | 10/06/2019 Society

A Gala Dinner promoting Vietnamese culture was held in Incheon city, the Republic of Korea (RoK) on June 7 within the framework of the first Overseas Vietnamese (OV) Economic Forum 2019. The event was attended by leaders of ministries, sectors, and localities of Vietnam as well as many RoK politicians.

A performance at the gala dinner

In his opening speech, Tu Thanh Hue, Head of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF)’s Committee for External Affairs and Overseas Vietnamese, conveyed warm and welcome greetings to the VFF Central Committee to delegates at the forum, which is the first of its kind to be held for Vietnamese business community who are living and working in the RoK.

He stressed that the VFF has always acted as a bridge between Vietnamese people at home and abroad with their homeland, towards building a strong and prosperous country. He hailed significant contributions made by the OVs, particularly OVs businesses, to the national construction and development as well as the national great solidarity bloc.

He expressed his hope that the forum would continue upholding the OVs’ contributions, encouraging them to make more investment in the homeland while serving as “friendly ambassadors” linking Vietnam and the host countries.

Opportunities opened for investment cooperation

According to Peter Hong - Vice Standing President and Secretary General of the Business Association of Overseas Vietnamese (BAOOV) - the first Overseas Vietnamese Economic Forum will open up huge opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to introduce their products in the RoK, seek trade partnerships, and get access to the latest technologies, thus contributing to shaping guidelines for Vietnam’s economic development.

Sharing the same view, Chairman of the Vietnam Business Association in the Republic of Korea (VIBAK) Tran Hai Linh said that the organisation of the forum is the first step to enhance the connection among OV business community and promote the advantages of businesses associations abroad.

Addressing the gala dinner, Kim Jae Sik, a RoK parliamentary member, said that the bilateral economic link between Vietnam and RoK has grown robustly since the two countries established their diplomatic relations in 1992. Vietnam and RoK become important trade partner of each other not only in economics but also in other fields such as society and education.

Kim said he was glad to see the growing development of the bilateral relations, hailing that OV community in the RoK has made significant contributions to the host country, helping to cement the Vietnam – RoK ties. He also expressed his hope that through the forum, the relationship between the two nations will further develop.

At the event, the Business Association of Overseas Vietnamese and the Business Association of Overseas Vietnamese were presented with certificates of merit from the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee in recognition of their contributions to promoting the solidarity and potential of overseas Vietnamese businesses over the past years.

Theo NDO