President Tran Dai Quang at the event (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang met 112 chiefs of villages and communes, artisans and prestigious people from ethnic minority groups in 15 northern mountainous provinces at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on April 20, part of activities to celebrate Cultural Day of Vietnamese Ethnic Groups (April 19).

Speaking at the event, the President affirmed that since its establishment, the Party has placed importance on ethnic affairs and solidarity of ethnic groups, especially the preservation and upholding of ethnic groups’ traditional cultural values.

The leader lauded the efforts of ethnic chiefs of villages, artisans and prestigious people in the north in the national construction and defence cause, including ethnic cultural affairs, saying that they have made important contributions to improving the lives of ethnic minorities.

He hailed the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MoCST) for working with ministries, agencies and localities to hold a conference gathering chiefs of villages, artisans and prestigious people from ethnic minority and border regions and a seminar discussing preserving ethnic cultural identities.

As the ethnic minorities still live in need, they are easily incited by hostile forces which seek to divide them and sabotage national unity, causing political instability, he said, adding that this requires the MoCST, ministries, agencies and localities to continue implementing the Party and State’s resolutions and decrees on ethnic affairs and policies, with a focus on the resolution adopted by the 12th National Party Congress and the 12th Party Central Committee’s resolution on developing Vietnamese culture and people for national sustainable development.

The leader requested improving the quality of cultural activities in tandem with socio-economic development, ensuring national defence-security, and new rural construction while involving the entire political system and people in preserving traditional cultural values.

He also underscored the importance of issuing policies to instruct village chiefs, artisans and prestigious people how to execute the Party and State’s ethnic policies.

The host took the occasion to ask them to carry out their role in mass mobilisation to implement the Party’s guidelines and policies and enforce laws on ethnic affairs and culture.

Over the past years, the MoCST has proposed practical measures and coordinated with ministries, agencies and localities to hold regional cultural exchanges, contributing to honouring cultural values of ethnic groups and strengthening national unity.-VNA