Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Hong Nam speaks at the event (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The State Committee on Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (COVA) highly values the role played by the General Union of Vietnamese in France (UGVF) in the system of Vietnamese organisations abroad and its efforts to preserve and promote Vietnamese cultural values, said Deputy Foreign Minister Vu Hong Nam.

At the UGVF’s 14th congress in Paris on May 21, Nam, who is also COVA Chairman, spoke highly of the general union’s support for OVs in France in general and those in other countries in activities to preserving Vietnamese language and culture and strengthening the national great unity.

Vietnamese Ambassador to France Nguyen Ngoc Son highlighted the UGVF’s efforts to promote Vietnamese culture in France through courses teaching Vietnamese language for children.

The UGVF has always supported the Vietnamese Embassy in France in activities to introduce Vietnam’s culture as well as disseminate the Party and State’s guidelines and policies, Son stressed.

Participants to the congress watched a documentary film chronicling the general union’s formation and development.

They also discussed the UGVF’s plans and orientations in the 2016-2019 tenure, and elected a new executive board with 22 members, and a seven-member strategic research board.

The UGVF’s newly-elected Chairman Ngo Kim Hung committed to doing his best to raise the Vietnamese community’s position in France and their contributions to the homeland’s development.

Founded by late President Ho Chi Minh in France in 1919, the UGVF had different names. It made great contributions to the nation’s struggle for independence in the past and national construction and development at present.-VNA