The Grace Southern Baptist General Confederation held its second general conference in Ho Chi Minh City on November 16.

The two-day event drew 500 delegates, including 98 dignitaries and followers from 22 southern cities and provinces.

Addressing the conference, Bui Thanh Ha, Deputy Head of the Government Committee for Religious Affairs, stressed that the State consistently implements policies to respect and ensure people’s rights to religious freedom.

The issuance and implementation of legal documents on religious issues have met the legitimate aspirations of religious people, Protestants in particular, he said.

The Grace Southern Baptist General Confederation was established in November 1962 in HCM City, and recognised by the Government as a religious organisation in 2008.

This year’s conference will review the 2008-12 operational period, elect a new Executive Board for the second tenure and adopt the 2012-16 working plan.-VNA