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1/29/2018 4:43:21 PM

Vietnamese expats in Laos determined to strengthen solidarity

(VNF) - Representatives of the Vietnamese expats in Laos looked back on their activities in 2017, sharing the view that the community did to strengthen their solidarity and reinforce the two countries’ special friendship and solidarity at the meeting on January 28th.

At the meeting on January 28th. (Photo: VNA)

The meeting in Vientiane saw the presence of Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyen Ba Hung, Chairman of the Association of Vietnamese people in Laos Nguyen Duy Trung, and representatives of 12 municipal and provincial chapters of the association.

They highlighted their active performance last year, including helping expatriates to make personal papers, welcoming Vietnamese leaders to Laos, and making donations to support residents and soldiers in Vietnam’s Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, flood victims in the two countries, along with Agent Orange victims and people with disadvantages. Those activities helped the Vietnamese community in Laos strengthen their solidarity while contributing to the special friendship and solidarity of the two countries.

Participants said the year 2017 was an eventful year to Vietnam and Laos, as the two countries celebrated the 55th anniversary of their diplomatic relations and 40 years of the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation.

They also admitted shortcomings in the association’s operations such as failing to fully understand expatriates’ aspirations, lacking concrete plans on activities, and having unspecified working regulations.

Most Venerable Thich Minh Quang, Head of the Phat Tich pagoda in Vientiane (standing), says that improving the effectiveness of teaching and learning Vietnamese for children of the community is very important. (Photo: NDO)

Especially, the meeting also paid attention to the teaching and learning of Vietnamese language among Vietnamese children, noting a shortage of experienced teachers, secondary schools in some provinces, and textbooks suitable for overseas Vietnamese students.

They all agreed that in the coming time, the community will cooperate with the Vietnamese Embassy to consolidate Vietnamese organisations from the central to the provinces, unify the time of the tentures, increase coordination with Laos’s relevant agencies, and work with the Ministry of Education and Training and relating sides to soon complete textbooks on Vietnamese language.

The meeting also agreed to hold a summation meeting on an annual basis./.

Translated by Tu Phan  
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