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Overseas Vietnamese praise policy towards themselves
01-05-2009, 04:31 pm

Hanoi (VNA)- Lawyer Tran Dinh Hoanh has praised the Vietnamese Government for recent policies that have effectively encouraged overseas Vietnamese to contribute to their homeland.

The Virginia resident was among a number of Vietnamese Americans present at a New-Year party held by the Vietnamese Embassy in Washington on January 3.

Hoanh spotlighted policies on passports and visas and most recently the policy on double citizenships.

“These policies have contributed to strengthening ties between overseas Vietnamese and their native land,” said the lawyer.

Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Phu, a senior IT expert for the Washington-based Inter-American Development Bank, said the right to visa exemption has encouraged him to visit Vietnam four times in 2008 alone instead of once a year as before.

“Whenever my children and I returned to Vietnam , we always went to disadvantaged communities for charity purposes,” Phu said.

His view was echoed by Trinh Trung, a Delaware State resident. Trung said he has so far managed to visit the homeland once every three months thanks to the convenient immigration policy

Nguyen Minh Dung from the World Bank said he was impressed by the nation’s drastic economic growth, especially progress made in the road system and enterprises’ operations.

“The Government should integrate environmental protection and conservation of cultural and historic relics into economic development strategies to help sustain development while preserving valuable assets for younger generations and overseas Vietnamese as well,” said the WB expert.

Some proposed that the Government streamline house-buying procedures for overseas Vietnamese so that they can own a home in their native land. They emphasised that to buy houses is a way for overseas Vietnamese to contribute to the national economic development.

Ambassador Le Cong Phung highly valued overseas Vietnamese warm hearts towards the native-land as well as their contributions to the national development.

He called on the overseas Vietnamese community to make greater material and expertise contributions to the nation.

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