An overview of the conference

Attending the event were Major General Le Quang Dao, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee, Commander of the Vietnam Coast Guard; Comrade Ho Thi Hoang Yen, Standing Deputy Secretary of the Ben Tre Provincial Party Committee; Tran Ngoc Tam, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the People's Committee of Ben Tre Province. 

At the event, Deputy Political Commissar of the Vietnam Coast Guard Command Major General Tran Van Xuan reviewed the coordination in conducting the “Coast guard stand by fishermen” program over the past time. 

Organized for the first time in March 2017, the program has obtained practical achievements in disseminating the Party’s guidelines and State’s policies to people; supporting fishermen in fishing at sea, contributing to firmly safeguarding national sovereignty over sea and islands; assisting localities in socio-economic and cultural development, poverty reduction, new-style rural area building, and living standard improvement.

At the signing ceremony

Over the past six years, the Vietnam Coast Guard has cooperated with localities to disseminate the Party’s guidelines, State’s policies, and the fight  against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing to hundreds of thousands of fishermen and mobilize local people to participate in protecting national sovereignty and maintaining security and safety at sea and on islands. 

The “Coast guards stand by fishermen” program has mobilized resources from the coast guard force, political and social organizations, businesses, benefactors, and sponsors to donate more than VND 51 billion to support social welfare activities. 

So far, the Standing Party Committee of the Coast Guard Command has signed coordination agreement with 19 provinces and cities. Ben Tre is the 20th province to sign the agreement on carrying out the “Coast guards stand by fishermen” program with the coast guard force.

The program aims to bring into play the power of the national unity bloc, the whole political system, and whole people in Ben Tre province and coast guard force to build and firmly safeguard national sovereignty, security, and safety at sea and on islands, contributing to sustainable maritime economic development. It is also to seek suitable and effective measures to build political basis, develop socio-economy and culture, and mobilize resources to support fishermen’s fishing activities.

At the event, 200 gifts were presented to policy families, religious people, and needy fishermen.

Speaking at the event, Lieutenant General Bui Quoc Oai, Political Commissar of the Vietnam Coast Guard Command, briefed participants on the force’s missions and achievements over the past time, especially the outcomes of the “Coast guards stand by fishermen” program. He expected that the coordination program with Ben Tre province will be effectively carried out, contributing to the province’s socio-economic development in the coming time.

For his part, Secretary of the provincial Party Committee Le Duc Tho believed that the agreement will help enhance the coordination between the two sides, thus raising the effectiveness of mass mobilization activities, strengthening military-civilian solidarity, and consolidating people’s love for sea and islands. 

He asked functional agencies and units of Ben Tre province to well coordinate with those of the Vietnam Coast Guard to effectively carry out the signed agreement.

On the occasion, Major General Le Quang Dao handed over 200 gifts, worth VND 200 million in total, to local policy families, religious people, and needy fishermen in Ben Tre.

Translated by Tran Hoai