Prague (VNA) – The Vietnamese Association in the Czech Republic convened the fifth Congress in Prague on October 31, with the participation of nearly 400 delegates representing 65,000 Vietnamese nationals living in the country.

The Congress was also graced by the presence of Vice President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Truong Thi Ngoc Anh, Deputy Chairman of the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Dang Tran Phong, Chairman of the Liaison Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Nguyen Phu Binh and President of the Czech-Vietnam Society Marcel Winter.

Speaking at the event, VFF Vice President Anh and others spoke highly of achievements that the Vietnamese Association in the Czech Republic has scored over the past 17 years, including the recognition of the Vietnamese community in the country as the 14 th ethnic minority group on July 3, 2013 and the establishment of the Union of Overseas Vietnamese Associations in Europe, in which the Vietnamese Association in the Czech Republic plays a crucial role.

The Congress outlined orientations for the new tenure, and elected an executive board led by Nguyen Duy Nhien as President.

In a recent interview granted to a Vietnam News Agency reporter, Nhien said the association will continue conducting external activities and encouraging Vietnamese nationals to abide by law in the host country and make further contributions to the homeland.-VNA