Overseas Vietnamese a key part of nation hinh anh 1Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh addresses the meeting in Hanoi on November 27 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Relations with overseas Vietnamese people are an important part of Vietnam’s foreign policy, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh said.

He made the statement at a meeting held in Hanoi on November 27 to review the five-year implementation of the Politburo’s Directive No.45 on tasks and goals to enhance the implementation of its 2004 resolution on affairs related to overseas Vietnamese.

“The Vietnamese living in other countries are an inseparable part and an important source of strength for the entire Vietnamese people,” Minh stressed, adding that in every high-level meeting with foreign representatives, Vietnamese leaders always asked the host country’s authorities to provide support for the Vietnamese community.

Many mechanisms and policies had been issued and implemented to create more favourable conditions for overseas Vietnamese, Minh said, adding that the Government was working to tap into the great resources that are young Vietnamese people overseas.

In the complex situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the spirit of leaving no one behind, the Government had organised repatriation flights to bring home more than 53,000 people from more than 50 countries and territories, while the good handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country had strengthened the confidence of overseas Vietnamese in the Party and the State, Deputy PM Minh said.

However, there were still shortcomings that need to be addressed concerning relations with overseas Vietnamese, including slow promulgation of policies and instructions on implementation of policies, and the mobilisation of resources from overseas Vietnamese had not yet matched potential.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Dang Minh Khoi, also Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, said the number of Vietnamese living abroad had increased from 4.5 million people in 109 countries and territories in 2015 to 5.3 million in 130 countries and territories in 2019.

As of October, overseas Vietnamese from 27 countries and territories had invested in 362 foreign direct investment projects in Vietnam with a total registered capital of 1.6 billion USD, Khoi said.

From 2015 to 2019, the total remittances totalled 71 billion USD, according to Khoi.

Remittances from overseas Vietnamese will reach about 15.6 billion USD this year, according to a forecast from the World Bank.

Overseas Vietnamese had always responded positively to calls for donation and support for local people in overcoming the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as natural disasters, evidenced by their response to recent historic floods and storms in central Vietnam, Khoi said.

“Many initiatives to marshal and connect Vietnamese intellectuals from abroad to contribute to national development have been proposed and implemented.”

Many enterprises of overseas Vietnamese have helped promote the country's products, culture and image to international friends./.