Deputy Foreign Minister and head of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese (OV) Affairs Nguyen Thanh Son is undertaking a visit to the US and Canada to meet with OV communities.

During the trip, from March 10-27, Son hopes to further strengthen the cooperation between Vietnam and the two countries.

While in the US, the official held several meetings with OVs residing in the cities of New York, Houston and San Francisco as well as other districts of California, where hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese Americans are living.

Son met with entrepreneurs, local authority leaders and social operators in Houston. Many of the OVs expressed their hope that the Vietnamese Government will facilitate them to invest more back their homeland.

Representatives from several enterprises said they hope the committee will protect their interests and support them in completing administrative and legal procedures, allowing them to devote more time and energy to investing in Vietnam.

Several members of the communities said they are willing to serve as a bridge between US firms and those in Vietnam.

During a working session held between Son and the management boards of the Houston Sea Port and George Bush International Airport, it was stated that there is demand for a direct air route between Houston and Vietnam as well as maritime transport routes between their seaports.

The official said following his US visit, the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs will continue working with relevant ministries and sectors to foster comprehensives cooperation between Vietnam and the US.-VNA