600 OVs attend Tet gathering in HCM City

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Nearly 600 Overseas Vietnamese (OVs) from different countries who have returned home to celebrate Tet attended a spring gathering in Ho Chi Minh City on January 7.

The event was a place for OVs to meet each other and welcome the traditional Lunar New year (Tet) festival in their homeland with a wide range of cultural activities, including a lion dance and a fashion show, as well as traditional Vietnamese cuisine.

It also provided an opportunity for OVs to meet business partners and exchange experiences in promoting Vietnamese products to OV communities and foreign markets.

As a bridge linking Vietnam with other nations, OV businesses play an important role in bringing Vietnamese products to the EU, France, US and many other countries.

With more than 20 years of having exported processed food to the US and Hong Kong, Quach Hung Tong, an OV from the US, said Vietnamese food has great potential in key markets such as the US and Canada. According to Tong these markets are home to a large number of OVs and immigrants from India, Thailand, China, the Republic of Korea and the Philippines who also like Vietnamese products. Tropical products from Vietnam are also favored by European people.

Nguyen Hai Nam, President of the Overseas Vietnamese Business Association in France, said assistance in organizing trade fairs and promotions from domestic agencies and commercial offices overseas is very significant for promoting Vietnamese trademarks abroad.

The Association for Liaison with Overseas Vietnamese says, to facilitate business activities for OVs, the State should simplify investment and residency procedures, create favourable conditions for OVs to live in Vietnam, and offer more attractive incentives.

Source: VOV