NA leader meets with Vietnamese people in Australia hinh anh 1National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) meet staff at the Vietnamese Embassy and representatives of Vietnamese people in Australia on November 29 (Photo: VNA)

Canberra (VNA) – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with staff at the Vietnamese Embassy and representatives of Vietnamese people in Australia on November 29, part of her official visit to the country.

Ambassador Ngo Huong Nam reported that more than 300,000 Vietnamese people in Australia form the third biggest Vietnamese community in the world and the fifth largest ethnic community in Australia. They are assessed as a successful community with close integration into the local society. About 30,000 Vietnamese students in Australia is also a major community of foreign students here.

The Vietnamese community in Australia has been a bridge helping to enhance the two countries’ friendship and cooperation, he noted.

Representing the expatriates, President of the Vietnamese Business Association in Australia Tran Ba Phuc, environmental expert Nguyen Dang Thang and Do Anh Tuan from the Vietnamese Student Association in Australia said overseas Vietnamese always want to make practical contributions to the homeland.

[Photos: Top legislator active in Australia]

In recently years, they have worked with the Embassy, the Consulate General and other representative agencies of Vietnam in Australia to organise many workshops introducing Vietnam’s investment environment, taken part in the “Vietnamese people prioritise using Vietnamese goods” campaign, and connected Australian businesses with Vietnamese firms.

For her part, Chairwoman Ngan said the growth of Vietnam-Australia relations in all fields is partly attributable to efforts by the Vietnamese Embassy, agencies, businesses and people in Australia.

Appreciating contributions by the Vietnamese community, she promised to send their opinions to domestic relevant agencies for consideration and settlement.

She affirmed the Party and State’s policy of creating favourable conditions for overseas Vietnamese people to stabilise their lives and integrate into local society while preserving their traditional cultural identity and contributing to the homeland.

The NA leader also stressed the role of the mother tongue in maintaining traditional culture, asking the expatriates to further teach Vietnamese to their descendants.-VNA