At the conference (Photo: VUFO)

The conference was organized to unify awareness and thoroughly grasp the Party's guidelines and policies, thereby implementing more seriously and effectively the overseas Vietnamese affairs.

Speaking at the conference, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the State Commission for Overseas Vietnamese Pham Quang Hieu highly appreciated the organization of the conference of the VUFO to disseminate and thoroughly grasp Conclusion No. 12, as well as the implementation of the VUFO's overseas Vietnamese affairs over the past time; expressed his wish that the VUFO together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and relevant agencies together solve problems, meet overseas Vietnamese’s aspirations, and create a transition in overseas Vietnamese affairs in the new situation.

He said that Conclusion No.12 was issued to continue to affirm the consistent and correct guidelines and policies of the Party and State on firmly consolidating the great national unity, in which the overseas Vietnamese community is an integral part of the Vietnamese ethnic community; and widely gather all classes of people in the country as well as abroad in order to promote the strength of the whole nation for the development of the country.

According to the Deputy Minister, Conclusion No.12 contributes to promoting comprehensive and stronger overseas Vietnamese affairs in the spirit of the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress, Resolution No.36 of the Politburo on overseas Vietnamese affairs and Directive No.45-CT/TW of the Politburo on strengthening work for overseas Vietnamese, focusing on supporting overseas Vietnamese with solid legal status, development and social integration in the host country; help overseas Vietnamese continue to raise the national pride and self-respect towards their roots, and at the same time have appropriate policies for compatriots to effectively contribute to the construction and defense of the Fatherland in the new period; continue to clearly show the affection and responsibility of the Party and State in taking care of the overseas Vietnamese community; and encourage our compatriots to continue their efforts to rise up, arouse the potential, uphold the great resources and spirit of the overseas Vietnamese towards the homeland and country.

The delegates discussed a number of key issues in overseas Vietnamese affairs; sharing experiences on friendship exchange activities with the participation of overseas Vietnamese. The ideas confirm the correctness of Conclusion No.12; believed that this Conclusion No.12 will create fundamental changes in the overseas Vietnamese affairs, creating conditions for overseas Vietnamese to closely connect with their homeland, the country, and promote the national great unity bloc.

Concluding the conference, Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, President of the VUFO, said that the VUFO is the core force of people-to-people diplomacy and always considers overseas Vietnamese affairs as an important task of the VUFO; since then, the VUFO has carried out many practical activities to support the overseas Vietnamese and mobilize overseas Vietnamese to return to the homeland. Particularly, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the VUFO both supported and mobilized overseas Vietnamese to support Vietnam’s pandemic prevention and control work.

She affirmed that the conference is an opportunity for the VUFO to look back on advantages and limitations in deployment of overseas Vietnamese affairs, from there, proposing operation methods in the coming time. Accordingly, the VUFO will actively encourage and increase the participation of overseas Vietnamese in people-to-people diplomacy activities, and closely coordinate with mass organizations at both central and local levels to well perform the tasks set out in Conclusion No.12./.