National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan meets Vietnamese community in the Netherlands. (Source: VNA)
 
The Hague (VNA) – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has lauded the contributions of the 20,000-strong Vietnamese community in the Netherlands, especially the Vietnamese Association in The Hague, to promoting Vietnam’s image to the world and social movements at home.

Meeting officials of the Vietnamese community and officials of the Vietnamese Embassy in the European country on March 26, the top legislator noted that the association has worked with the Vietnamese Embassy to organise Vietnamese classes in the country since late 2017, promoting national culture and traditions.

She affirmed the Party and State’s policy of considering overseas Vietnamese communities an inseparable part of the nation, noting that many policies have been designed to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese people abroad to return home and seek business opportunities, especially in science and technology.

A revised Law on Technology Transfer has been issued, aiming to encourage more technology transfer to Vietnam, she noted.

She also praised the efforts of the Vietnamese Embassy in the Netherlands in implementing tasks assigned by the Party and State, pledging that the NA will create optimal conditions for the embassy to operate efficiently.

She expressed delight at the sound friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherlands over the past 45 years, as well as strengthened bilateral political trust.

Links in climate change response, water management, sustainable agriculture and food security have been fruitful, she added.

The Netherlands has become the largest export market of Vietnam in the EU. Two-way trade in 2017 exceeded 7.7 billion USD, while the Netherlands ranks 11th out of 126 foreign investors in Vietnam with total investment of 8.17 billion USD.-VNA