Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Overseas Vietnamese joining the“Homeland Spring 2018” programme (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted a reception for a delegation of nearly 100 Overseas Vietnamese returning home for the traditional Lunar New Year (Tet) festival as part of the “Homeland Spring 2018” programme.

The expats showed their delight at the achievements of the country in 2017 as well as their impression of the PM and Cabinet’s great efforts and determination for national development.

They expressed their hope to connect with young intellectuals at home for cooperation in producing high value products, while asking for the Government’s support in investing in startups of Vietnam and strengthen links with domestic firms.

Vo Quang Hue, a Vietnamese in Germany who is working for Vingroup’s automobile-making project called Vinfast, said that he hopes to make more contributions to the country by working with Vinfast team to introduce first products in September 2018 and calling for other Vietnamese intellectuals abroad to join hands in building the homeland wealthily.

Extending New Year wishes to the expats, PM Phuc briefed them on the socio-economic, defence, security and cultural achievements of the country in 2017 as well as contributions of the Vietnamese community abroad.

The Government leader also lauded efforts of the community in investing in domestic projects and sharing experience and knowledge in various fields.

He underlined that the country needs the expats’ experience in developing startups, knowledge in science, technology as well as resources for the national development.

The PM pledged that the Government will continue completing institutions, the legal system and policies to create more favourable conditions for Overseas Vietnamese abroad to invest in the country and develop their businesses.

He affirmed that realizing the country’s target of becoming a “new tiger in economy,” it is necessary to strengthen the determination of the whole country to promote national potential and strengths as well as the solidarity of the Vietnamese community both at home and abroad.

Homeland Spring is an annual event held by the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs. This year, thousands of overseas Vietnamese have registered to participate in the programme which includes various traditional Tet practices.

A special art performance is also scheduled to be held as part of the programme on February 7 with the attendance of President Tran Dai Quang.

There are approximately 4.5 million Vietnamese living and working in 103 countries and territories worldwide. They form an indispensable part of the nation and play an important role in intensifying friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and the rest of the world. -VNA