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People cohes the Vietnamese community in Europe

Mr. Hoang Dinh Thang gave an interview to the Vietnam News Agency correspondent in the Czech Republic. Photo: Cong Thuan

Active community activities

After 12 years as the Chairman of the Vietnamese Association in the Czech Republic (2004-2016), Mr. Hoang Dinh Thang is an active participant in social work here. He has made a lot of contributions to building the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic growing, organized and always looking towards the country; At the same time, it also contributes significantly to people’s diplomacy, helping the Czechs to better understand the country and people of Vietnam. The Vietnamese community was recognized as the 14th ethnic minorities in the Czech Republic in July 2013 with the efforts of the Vietnamese Association, including significant contributions from Mr. Hoang Dinh Thang.

According to Mr. Thang, there are many factors needed to connect the Vietnamese community, but one very important factor is that the community must be organized in order to easily implement activities effectively. He asserted: “After so many years of trying, we have built an organized community. And the most important thing, besides doing internal affairs between the community, we have done a good job in external affairs. It is foreign affairs to the local government. One of the great successes of the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic is being recognized as a minority in the Czech Republic. This proves that the host country has recognized the contributions of the Vietnamese community living here. Thanks to the increasing prestige of the Vietnamese community, the friendship relations between the two countries of Vietnam and Czech Republic has been raised, resulting in a series of economic, trade and scientific relations.

In the context that Vietnamese people in Europe are increasing in number and expanding their residence, an estimated 800,000 people, Mr. Hoang Dinh Thang is one of the first key members to propose the idea of ​​establishment. Vietnamese Association of European Associations. After the time of connecting and preparing, in 2016, the Association of Vietnamese Associations in Europe was established with an executive committee of 30 members from 17 European countries chaired by Mr. Hoang Dinh Thang. . The purpose of the Union is to create links between Vietnamese associations in European countries, exchange experiences to make union activities more effective and practical.

The Union also does a good job in foreign affairs, having regular contacts with some MPs of the European Parliament. The Executive Committee of the Union has twice visited the European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium) and Strasbourg (France). There, the Union asked the MPs to continue to support the process of integration with the host country and preserve the national culture of the Vietnamese community in Europe; support a number of issues that Vietnam is interested in such as the Vietnam – EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), advocating for the abolition of yellow cards on Vietnam’s seafood products.

Heading to the country

Not only active in community activities, in business field, Mr. Hoang Dinh Thang is also a successful businessman and an individual with many activities towards his homeland. Mr. Hoang Dinh Thang is currently the General Director of Saparia – the largest commercial center of Vietnamese people in the Czech Republic, with a total area of ​​350,000 m2 and nearly 1,000 business companies. Sapa Trade Center has been creating jobs and stable incomes for many Vietnamese workers in Czech and indigenous people. The company also participates in social and community activities launched by the Vietnamese Association and the Vietnamese Embassy in Czech or sponsors many other activities such as supporting programs on islands, storms and floods. poverty in the country and the culture and sport of the community.

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The launch of the center for training young football, a meaningful event of the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic. Photo: Cong Thuan

As a successful businessman in his country, Mr. Hoang Dinh Thang is also suffering from the contribution to his homeland. Along with some friends, he invested in Khai Quang industrial park (Vinh Phuc) and SOIVA Joint Stock Company. He also created a bridge for Vietnamese businesses to invest in the Czech Republic effectively. Through Saparia Trade Center, more Vietnamese goods are present in this European market. According to him, the fact that Vietnam and the European Union (EU) have just signed a new generation EVETA agreement is really a push for people to invest in their homeland or create conditions for bringing Vietnamese goods to foreign countries.

Vietnamese people in each locality understand the customs, preferences of the indigenous people, also know the goods and potential of Vietnam – it is an advantage. With the Czech Republic, the signing of EVFTA also facilitates foreign relations with your country. Currently, the Czech Republic considers Vietnam as one of the 12 priority partners and the government has good support for Vietnamese goods to Czech and Czech goods to Vietnam.

Sharing with the Vietnam News Agency correspondent in the Czech Republic, Mr. Hoang Dinh Thang said: “2020 will celebrate 70 years of establishing diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Czech Republic and some Eastern European countries. In the Czech Republic, with a relatively organized community and in cooperation with the Vietnamese Embassy in Czech, the community will have many activities to commemorate this important event. Currently, the majority of Vietnamese in the Czech Republic see this as their second home, they also really want to make practical contributions to Czech society, I will continue to encourage and encourage people to abide by the law. of the host country, contributing to the host country but always directed towards the homeland. All these actions are for the purpose of good integration and preservation of the national cultural identity, towards the origin ”.

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