Overseas Vietnamese join efforts to develop homeland

15:11 | 10/12/2016 Society

(VEN) - Overseas Vietnamese are always welcomed in the home country. The Communist Party and the state highly appreciate their contributions to Vietnam’s development, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said at a recent meeting in Ho Chi Minh City gathering more than 500 overseas Vietnamese.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives a gift from overseas Vietnamese - Photo: Hoang Trieu

This was the third and largest meeting of its kind in so far. The event offered overseas Vietnamese an opportunity to present their ideas and opinions of how to promote Ho Chi Minh City’s development in a rapid but sustainable way as well as its integration into the world.

The meeting left strong impressions on all participants. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said he felt moved when standing before more than 500 overseas Vietnamese - people who live very far from Vietnam but their love for the home country never changes. Their presence in Ho Chi Minh City, a leading economic center of the whole country, affirmed Vietnam’s great potential and resources for development. These resources are not only available within Vietnam but can also be sought from overseas Vietnamese worldwide. Vietnam always welcomes overseas Vietnamese and encourages them to contribute to the country’s development, PM Phuc affirmed.

On this occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh talked with overseas Vietnamese about the achievements Vietnam has gained from its renovation policy over the last three decades, as well as the challenges currently facing the country. Specifically, productivity, the technological level and management skills remain low; domestic businesses have yet to be deeply involved in regional and global value chains; climate change, insecurity of water resources, environmental pollution, and the exhaustion of natural resources are becoming more serious.

To overcome these challenges, the government has accelerated economic restructuring along with efforts to change the growth model in order to enhance national and business competitiveness, raise labor productivity, and improve the quality of human resources.

In this context, the country very much needs the contributions of overseas Vietnamese. Their knowledge and experiences are very helpful to Vietnam’s development, Deputy PM Minh affirmed.

Overseas Vietnamese visit the Biotechnology Center of Ho Chi Minh City

Messages from local authorities

This year’s meeting with overseas Vietnamese was held in Ho Chi Minh City - the driving force of the Vietnamese economy. The city’s gross domestic product has increased rapidly with annual growth of 9.6 percent in the 2011-2015 period. It has applied many preferential policies for overseas Vietnamese. Therefore, the city has attracted large volumes of remittances from overseas Vietnamese, hitting 50 percent of total overseas remittances nationwide.

According to Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong, in the early 2016-2020 period, the city has urgent demand for consultancy as well as knowledge and experience sharing in fields such as sustainable development planning, human resources, science and technology, investment, and marketing. Therefore, the ideas and opinions presented by overseas Vietnamese at this meeting would help Ho Chi Minh City find suitable ways to boost its development.

Professor, Dr. Nguyen Duc Khuong, President of the Association of Vietnamese Scientists and Experts in France, said the city could achieve its sustainable development goals through setting up suitable mechanisms to encourage all economic entities to join efforts to improve the quality of human resources and develop a knowledge-based economy. In his opinion, the city needs to create a specific mechanism that allows economic entities to make their own decisions to use and treat leading scientists and experts. He believed this would create a breakthrough in using high-quality human resources.

Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Vice Chairman Tran Vinh Tuyen said at a meeting with the media that the municipal government has applied specific policies to appeal to overseas Vietnamese worldwide to invest in the home country. “The city intends to build a consultancy center to assist overseas Vietnamese and businesses in implementing administrative procedures in order to facilitate their investments in the home country,” Tuyen said.

These messages from local authorities are expected to encourage overseas Vietnamese worldwide to increase their contributions to the development of Vietnam in general and Ho Chi Minh City in particular.

Phuong Hoa