Prime Minister Phan Van Khai at Overseas Vietnamese
Business Association meeting
Hochi Minh City July 2001.
PM urges VietKieu to boost contributions
By Kinh Luan
(SGT-HCMC) Prime Minister Phan Van Khai said on Tuesday
the experience and know-how obtained by overseas Vietnamese
during their stay abroad are essential for the development
of Vietnam, and called on them to bring in advanced technology
to help the country catch up with the world economy.
"I understand that many of you (overseas Vietnamese) are
working abroad in important sectors such as State management,
scientific research and production.
I expect you to bring home advanced technology to help the
country move forward faster," Khai said.
He was speaking at his informal meeting with the Overseas
Vietnamese Business Association in HCMC. The meeting was
also attended by HCMC Chairman Le Thanh Hai and Vice Chairman
Nguyen Thien Nhan and other senior city officials.
Khai also called for Viet Kieu businesses to assits the
Government in seeking export markers for domestic goods.
He howerver advised Viet Kieu to start with small-sized
businesses and try to instill confidence into locals and
State management agencies, citing losses incurred by An
Giang Province's farmers caused by basa fish cultivation.
The fish were imported by some overseas Vietnamese and outlets
were frozen after the U.S, misled by inaccurate information,
closed its market to the fish.
Concerning investment, Khai said Viet Kieu should be patient
as "although the Government has issed more liberal regulatons,
more time was needed for lower agencies to boost their working
pace and translate rules into reality".
Nguyen Tri Dung, chairman of the association, meanwhile
proposed the Government boost the enactment of liberal regulations.
According to the association, 500 Viet Kieu have established
businesses so far in the city with a combined registered
capital of VND 500 billion.
Nearly three million Vietnamese expatriates are living in
100 countries and territories, with 400,000 of them holding
university and post-university diplomas. Their remittance
was worth US $ 1.8 billion last year.
Nguyen Tri Dung, chairman of the association, gave welcoming
Prime Minister Phan van Khai and HCM City Chaiman Le Thanh Hai
at the meeting