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Hanoi​ (VNA) – Local authorities nationwide greeted overseas Vietnamese who returned home for the upcoming Lunar New Year festival. 

At a programme in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on January 19, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Vu Hong Bac extended New Year wishes to foreign businesses, workers, non-governmental organisations, students and Vietnamese expatriates living and working in the province.

He informed them that the provincial economy grew 15.2 percent last year, with industrial production value surpassing 477 trillion VND (20.7 billion USD), up 26.7 percent annually. Export value topped 19 billion USD while revenues to the State budget hit more than 9.6 trillion VND (417.3 million USD).

The province licensed more than 20 foreign-invested projects worth nearly 133 million USD, bringing the total number of foreign direct investment projects to 116.

The same day in Quy Nhon city, the central province of Binh Dinh, 140 overseas Vietnamese attended a get-together.

Vice Secretary of the provincial Party Committee and Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee Ho Quoc Dung updated them about local socio-economic development, saying that the province recorded a 7.53 percent increase in gross regional domestic product, 730.5 million USD worth of exports and 29,715 new jobs.

Overseas Vietnamese and their relatives invested in four projects in the locality, he said.

Similar events also took place in the central province of Ba Ria – Vung Tau.

Overseas remittances from Vietnamese expatriates to Ba Ria - Vung Tau neared 100 million USD each year.-VNA