Addressing the event, Nguyen Manh Dong, Vice Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, affirmed that the Party and State always consider the Vietnamese community abroad as an inseparable part of the nation, and that the community’s growth will contribute to affirming the country's position.

Participants pose for a group photo at the event.

He acknowledged and thanked the association for its positive and important contribution to economic growth as well as other achievements of the homeland.

The association had many practical and effective activities, especially of trade promotion and those to connect businesses, and developed distribution channels for Vietnamese goods abroad, he said.

It actively mobilized 200 billion VND (over 8.1 million USD) from OVs and businesses to support volunteer activities, especially during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the homeland, he added.

Dong expressed his belief that the association will constantly strive to innovate activities, strengthen solidarity to accomplish its set goals.

He pledged that the committee will continue to closely accompany the association and all of its members, striving to build an increasingly strong community of Vietnamese people abroad, contributing to promoting industrialization, modernization and international integration of Vietnam.

The congress passed a resolution emphasizing the need for innovation in organization and operations, and expanding operation towards forming a global network to further promote cooperation between Vietnam and other countries in the fields of economics, trade, science and technology.

Grouping over  400 members from 40 countries and territories, in recent years, the association has effectively implemented hundreds of investment and trade promotion activities, helping introduce and promote Vietnam's exports. The organization mobilises OVs and the Vietnamese business community abroad to send remittances worth 19 billion USD in 2023 .

Source: VNA