AVPC President Hoang Dinh Thang (Photo:VNA)

Prague (VNA) – The Association of Vietnamese People in the Czech Republic (AVPC) on November 16 marked its 16 th founding anniversary in Prague with a special gala staged by artists from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Founded on November 15, 1999, the association aims to promote solidarity and mutual support among the Vietnamese community in the host country.

Through various activities, it has helped preserve traditional Vietnamese culture and improve relations between Vietnam and the Czech Republic.

Hoang Dinh Thang, AVPC President, said the association’s activities cover different areas, ranging from diplomacy to popularisation, education, culture, sports and charity.

Such cultural and sports activities have helped increase solidarity within the association, while introducing the land and people of Vietnam to Czech friends, Thang said.

The association also expanded its ties with local authorities and media, calling for their support for Vietnamese in the Czech Republic, he said.

About 65,000 Vietnamese live and study in the Czech Republic. In July 2013, Czech people of Vietnamese origin were recognised as the 14 th ethnic group in the Eastern European country.-VNA