The remark was made by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairwoman of the State Committee on Overseas Vietnamese Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang at a ceremony held by the AVPT in Sakon Nakhon Province, Thailand, on September 4 to celebrate its 10th founding anniversary.
Hang hailed that the AVPT has established as an exemplary model of a strong, developed and united association of Vietnamese people living abroad.
For his part, Nguyen Ngoc Thin, the association’s President, revealed that the AVPT was actually founded even before Vietnam and Thailand established diplomatic relation in 1976; it was officially put into operation in September 2013 after being granted license by the Thai authorities.
Over its history, the association has united Vietnamese people in Thailand and encouraged their contributions to national construction and defence in Vietnam as well as development in the host country, while helping to nurture the bilateral ties.
Addressing the event, Governor of Sakon Nakhon Province Jureerat Thepart expressed his delight at the growth of the Vietnamese community in the province as well as throughout Thailand in general.
She hailed that that the Vietnamese community are hard-working people and has deeply integrated into all aspects of social life in the locality.
At the ceremony, Deputy Minister Le Thi Thu Hang presented State Committee on Overseas Vietnamese Affairs’ certificates of merit to overseas Vietnamese who have made positive contributions to community activities in Thailand.