President of the VFF Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (standing) hails contributions of overseas Vietnamese to national achievements (Photo: qdnd.vn)
Hanoi (VNA) – The 4.5 million Vietnamese living abroad constitute huge economic and human resources for the homeland, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan has said.

At a meeting on December 29 with overseas Vietnamese members of the VFF Central Committee, who are attending the committee’s 4th session in Hanoi, Nhan said Vietnamese abroad sent about 13.4 billion USD to the country so far this year, making great contributions to national achievements.

The VFF leader updated the overseas Vietnamese delegates on domestic political and economic situations, social affairs and import-export activities.

He also spoke at length about the VFF activities such as holding workshops on building smart urban areas and developing Vietnam into a global manufacturing hub.

In 2015, the VFF for the first time held a conference on religious activities with the participation of 40 religious organisations, which later signed a Memorandum of Understanding on joining hands in environmental protection.

The VFF also organized a meeting of religious representatives across the country to collect their opinions on the Law on Belief and Religion.

It plans to launch a new campaign on inspecting food hygiene and safety.

The delegates said overseas Vietnamese are happy with the Vietnamese Government’s new policies which create favourable conditions for Vietnamese expatriates to buy houses, enjoy visa exemption, and naturalise in the host society.-VNA