On February 27, 2018, in Vinh City, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs cooperated with Nghe An Provincial People's Committee to hold a conference to connect overseas Vietnamese with localities across the country. The conference named “Overseas Vietnamese join hands to build the homeland on the path of integration and development”

More than 350 delegates including overseas Vietnamese; representatives from ministries, agencies and provinces were present. The Vice Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese (under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) Luong Thanh Nghi and the Vice Chairman of Nghe An Provincial People's Committee Le Ngoc Hoa also attended and gave a speech at the Conference.

Mr. Luong Thanh Nghi - Vice Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese made his speech at the conference

According to the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese, there are currently 4.5 million Vietnamese living abroad in 110 countries and territories, among them  80% live in developed countries, about 500 thousand people are intellectuals and experts. Overseas Vietnamese have been making positive contributions to the development of the country. From 1993 to 2018, the total amount of remittances sent home reached $143 billion, particularly in 2018, estimated at $15.9 billion. Currently there are about 3,000 businesses of overseas Vietnamese investing in the country with a total capital of $4 billion covering 47 provinces and cities across the country. Overseas intellectuals also contribute many good ideas to build their homeland.

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Speaking at the opening session, Mr. Nghi affirmed that the Party and State's policy always considers Overseas Vietnamese as an inseparable part of the Vietnamese nation. This conference is for those compatriots and local partners to connect and explore opportunities for business investment in the coming time as well as a chance for them to express their love with the beloved Fatherland.

By: Xuân Nhuần

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