The Gift of Knowledge: Ho Chi Minh City Authority Presents a Bookcase to the Vietnamese Community in South Korea

On May 12, Vice Chairman Vo Van Hoan of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee embarked on a diplomatic mission to South Korea, accompanied by a delegation of officials. The team collaborated with the Vietnamese Embassy and engaged with the vibrant community of overseas Vietnamese citizens during their visit.

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The delegation from Ho Chi Minh City embarked on a working trip to South Korea to foster stronger ties with key localities in the country during a challenging global period. The visit aimed to unlock new avenues for development, inspire economic growth, and elevate Ho Chi Minh City’s standing on the international stage.

As per Vice Chairman Vo Van Hoan of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, the city is recognized by the Central Government as a regional and national hub across multiple domains. He emphasized, “Ho Chi Minh City is an economic, educational, training, and medical center.”

Ho Chi Minh City delegation at the working session.

Ho Chi Minh City, home to 10 million people, contributes significantly to Vietnam’s economy and budget. Annually, the city accounts for 22% of the country’s GRDP and 27% of the national budget. The overseas Vietnamese community plays a pivotal role in the city’s overall progress.

Considering the valuable input from the Vietnamese community in South Korea, Vice Chairman Vo Van Hoan requested the Ho Chi Minh City Committee for Overseas Vietnamese to collaborate with city organizations. This collaboration aims to establish specific exchange and association programs with meaningful activities in South Korea.

The Ho Chi Minh City delegation meets with the Vietnamese community in South Korea.

“These initiatives are intended not only for the city’s development but also to cater to the needs of Vietnamese students, intellectuals, and businesses based in South Korea,” explained Vo Van Hoan.

Vice Chairman Vo Van Hoan presents a Vietnamese bookcase to the Vietnamese Association in South Korea.

As a token of appreciation, Vice Chairman Vo Van Hoan presented a Vietnamese bookcase to the Vietnamese Association in South Korea. This gift aligns with the government’s project, “Day of Honoring the Vietnamese Language among the Vietnamese community abroad from 2023 to 2030.”

According to the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Justice, Republic of Korea, Vietnamese nationals comprise the second-largest foreign community in South Korea. Out of 2.5 million foreigners residing in the country, 271,000 are Vietnamese.

Valerie Mai