Foreigners living in Vietnam have paid attention to the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and expect a more thriving Vietnam after the congress.
Vietnam is a safe and attractive destination to many foreigners (Photo: VNA)
– Foreigners living in Vietnam have paid attention to the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) and expect a more thriving Vietnam after the congress.
On the threshold of the congress, reporters of VietnamPlus e-newspaper had talks with several foreigners who are living and working in Vietnam. They shared their interest in the congress and showed their expectations for a more thriving Vietnam.
Important political event
The Party congress will approve major orientations for State activities in the following years in all aspects, especially economy, society, environment, education and defence, and will mark an important milestone in Vietnam’s political life, drawing special attention from the country’s partners, including France.
French Ambassador to Vietnam Nicolas Warnery affirms France will stand should-to-shoulder with Vietnam through trade exchange, investment and development assistance. (Photo courtesy of the ambassador)
French Ambassador to Vietnam Nicolas Warnery said that he is interested in this important political event, affirming that France will always stand should-to-shoulder with Vietnam through trade exchange, investment and development assistance.
In recent days, Scott Johnson, 34, a technical expert in Ho Chi Minh City, has kept a close watch on the Presidency election in the US – his homeland.
Scott, who has lived and worked in the largest city of Vietnam for three years, feels excited when joining discussions with his Vietnamese friends about the Vietnam’s Party Congress as the US Presidency election. Although the political institutions of the two countries are different, their peoples’ attention is the same.
Hanoi decorated to welcome the National Party Congress (Photo: VNA)
In Hanoi, Vanessa M, a French editor who has lived in Vietnam for 10 years, has also saw a lot of information about the Party Congress published in newspapers and on television.
“I realise that the Vietnamese people are very interested in this important event. Many cultural events are taking place to celebrate the Party Congress. This is an opportunity for us to understand more about Vietnamese history and culture as well as enjoy art,” said Vanessa.
Vietnam successful in controlling COVID-19 pandemic
Talking to VietnamPlus reporters, all foreigners living in Vietnam feel grateful to the Party and State for effectively controlling the pandemic.
Trish Thompson now living in Da Nang (Photo courtesy of Trish Thompson)
Trish Thompson, an American Buddhist, first came to Vietnam in 2015 in a sangha of Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Currently, she is a French teacher in the central city of Da Nang. She decided to stay in Vietnam because she loves the people here, because the eyes of Vietnamese people always reflect warmth and friendliness. Humanity and solidarity are even more evident in difficult situations such as the recent COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am impressed to see the Government and the health sector responding to this crisis. I strongly believe in the profession of doctors and medical staff. I feel happy and lucky to live here,” she added.
Like many other foreigners, journalist Peter Cowan is unable to visit his family in the UK due to the pandemic, but he feels lucky to be living in Vietnam at this time, especially when he learns about what happens in the UK.
During the social distancing period, Canadian writer Jean Turcotte said he stayed in his apartment in Ho Chi Minh City and did not feel anything uncomfortable. Jean is completely optimistic and believes in the Vietnamese Government in pandemic prevention.
High expectations for policy reform
Regarding the upcoming Party Congress, foreigners showed their high expectations on the new leadership.
“I know that the Party Congress will choose the new leadership of the country for the next five-year term. Hopefully they will continue to unite to maintain economic development and stability, especially in COVID-19 prevention,” stated Scott.
“For my part, I only have one wish that in the future, the visa policy for foreigners will be improved. Due to the pandemic, our visas were automatically extended, otherwise every three years we have to do a lot of visa procedures to continue living in Vietnam. In addition, I also hope that the bilateral relations and international cooperation between Vietnam and other countries will prosper as well,” he added.
Suzanne Lecht, a fine art expert (Photo courtesy of Suzanne Lecht)
Living in Vietnam from 1994, Suzanne Lecht, an expert in fine arts, said she is also excited to keep a close watch on the Party Congress and witness the change in the country she loves.
“I always want to see a positive change to address all the important issues and challenges facing Vietnam today such as corruption, climate change, international economic cooperation, environment, public services, education, and health care. I hope that the new leaders chosen after the Congress will do the right things for the benefits of all the people,” said Suzanne.
French Ambassador Nicolas Warnery showed his hope that the Party Congress will map out the path of economic recovery in association with sustainable development, and help continue to affirm Vietnam’s position in the world./.