President Tran Dai Quang (first line, middle), former Party General Secretary Le Kha Phieu (first line, third, left), former President Truong Tan Sang (first line, third, right) and delegates to the congress pose for a group photo. (Source: VNA)

Speaking at the second congress of the Vietnam Veterans’ Business Association (VVBA) in Hanoi on August 8th, the President said the association should help its members develop commercial production, intensify scientific-technological applications in production and promote high value added services, thus helping with poverty reduction.

The association was also requested to help remove difficulties facing the enterprises, replicate outstanding models and join hands in charity activities, especially drives to help war invalids and families of fallen soldiers..

The VVBA was established in April 2013, aiming to encourage war veterans to carry forward the spirit of self-reliance; support each other in economic development and poverty reduction; and step up charity activities.

The association now has 38 chapters with 7,728 businesses and 82,791 farms run by war veterans, with total revenue of nearly VND200 trillion (USD8.6 billion), generating jobs for more than 800,000 laborers.

It has financed the construction of nearly 450 houses for social policy beneficiaries and contributed VND524 billion (USD22.5 million) to charity activities and poverty reduction.

On this occasion, President Quang presented the Labour Order, third class, to the association; and the Labour Order, first class, to its President - Labor Hero Le Van Kiem./.