Within the framework of the trip, the delegation met the Liaison Board of the Overseas Vietnamese Association, the Vietnamese Student Association in Hong Kong, and the representative of the Executive Board of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Macau.
Speaking at the meeting, Vietnamese Consul General in Hong Kong Pham Binh Dam said that there are about 7,000 Vietnamese people living in Hong Kong, who all share the same passion of creating a strong community, helping each other, preserving the national identity and looking towards the homeland.
Speaking at a meeting with representatives of the Liaison Board of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Hong Kong, the Deputy Head said that this meeting is very significant as the community is undertaking procedures towards the official establishment of the Vietnamese Association in Hong Kong.
Lawyer Doan Quynh Linh, interim President of the Vietnamese Association in Hong Kong, said that the establishment of the association will lay a solid legal foundation for the Vietnamese community, thereby enhancing the image and position of Vietnamese people in the special administrative region of China.
The delegation said they will propose expanding the rights to land and housing of overseas Vietnamese and adjusting regulations on acquiring/reclaiming Vietnamese citizenship while retaining foreign nationality; as well as speeding up the identification process in Vietnam for people who lost their documents as they came to Hong Kong before 1975, so they can be eligible for a 5-year visa exemption.
Mr. Mai Phan Dung committed that, as a state management agency in the field of overseas Vietnamese, the SCOV will make every effort to gradually remove difficulties, and provide practical support to facilitate the integration and development of overseas Vietnamese in Hong Kong.
During a meeting with the representatives of the Vietnamese Student Association in Hong Hong, Mr. Dung said that the SCOV has implemented programs specifically for young people such as Vietnam Summer Camp. He proposed the Executive Board of the Vietnamese Student Association in Hong Kong strengthen the connection among members, establish a young intellectual association, and promote and preserve traditional cultural values and Vietnamese language for the next generation.
During their working trip, the SCOV delegation had a meeting with representatives of the Executive Board of the Vietnamese Association in Macau.
Duong Trung Duc, President of the association, said that before the COVID-19 outbreak, there were about 22,000 Vietnamese people and people of Vietnamese origin working and living in Macau, but the figure decreased to around 7,000 at present.
Mr. Dung highly appreciated the consolidation of associations and groups into one association, under the unified leadership of the Consulate General of Vietnam in Hong Kong, to unite together and have a common voice for the work of the community.
The SCOV will soon approve the Executive Board of the Association and the Vietnamese Association in Macau, he said.
On this occasion, the delegation visited the region where Vietnamese people live and some business establishments of Vietnamese people in Hong Kong./.