Overview of the conference (Photo: giaoduc.edu.vn)
Can Tho (VNA) – The Vietnam Fatherland Committee in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho on December 20 held an international conference to highlight the importance of people-to-people and cultural diplomacy as well as the overseas Vietnamese (OV) community to the city’s growth.

Currently, more than 10,000 people from Can Tho are studying and working in 13 countries and territories in the world. The city is also hosting 32 enterprises invested by OVs with a total capital of about 22.2 million USD and received remittances that increased 10-15 percent annually.

According to Chau Van Chy, Chairman of the OV Association in Cambodia, Can Tho should create more favourable conditions for the OV community to update information of the city and seek investment opportunities by designing specific support policies for them.

He suggested that Can Tho grant more scholarships to offspring of Vietnamese people abroad to increase the engagement of them in the locality’s socio-economic development.

Meanwhile, Huynh Thi Hong Xuong from the Vietnamese Association in Jeollanamdo-Kwangju in the Republic of Korea, held that Can Tho should back OV enterprises in the city, while setting up a number of Korean language teaching centres, or Korean language faculties in training facilities.

Mai Van Sau, Chairman of the VFF in Can Tho said that to further foster the connection with the Vietnamese community abroad, in the future, the city will actively coordinate with State agencies to gather their opinions to design timely support policies and propose to the Party and State measures to deal with arising problems.

The city has also strengthened the coordination with the Overseas Vietnamese Liaison Board to gather Vietnamese abroad in engaging closely in the national unity bloc, bridging the host countries and the homeland, and introducing the nation and people of Vietnam to international friends, he said.-VNA