(VOV) - As many as 77 delegates attended the first congress of the Overseas Vietnamese (OV) community in Ratana Kiri province, Cambodia, which took place in Phnom Penh on July 20.
OVs in Phnom Penh care about community activities
A report by the 2010-established Provisional Executive Board (PEB) stated that the community has sub-executive boards in Ban Lung city and two other districts, with 6 branches and 30 officials.
The PEB focuses on creating good relations with local authorities to support the integration of OVs into Cambodian society and introduce the OV community to their resident country’s laws.
The OV community have actively joined in charitable activities to help disadvantaged people and victims of natural disasters.
However, the report said, all of the Vietnamese children there have not been taught Vietnamese and only 40 percent of them are learning at Cambodian schools.
Although the PEB has organized some classes for them, it is not enough to meet their needs.
In the 2012-2015 term, the OV community agreed to strengthen relations with Cambodian authorities, and expand organization to other localities.
It also asked Vietnamese businesses in the province to generate jobs for young OV people, and local administration to help build schools for OV children.
Participants at the congress elected Pham Van Ninh Chairman of the nine-member Executive Board for 2012-2015.