Assistant to the Speaker ofthe Parliament of Cambodia and head of the Department of InternationalCooperation under the Ministry of Cults and Religion Sai Omnang made thepraise at a ceremony in Phnom Penh on December 20 celebrating the10th founding anniversary of the General Association of VietnameseCambodians (GAVC).
He thanked the Vietnamese Party, State andFatherland Front and the entire nation for their assistance to theCambodians during the fight against the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979,ushering in a new chapter of Cambodia’s history and laying thegroundwork for its national construction and development.
Speaking at the event, GAVC Chairman Chau Van Chi reviewed what theassociation has done since its establishment in 2003, saying that itschapters have raised public awareness of laws in the host country,ensuring that their interests and benefits are fully met.
It has also worked hard to raise donations in support of social and charitable activities, he added.
In the recent past, the GAVC chapters have pressed overseasVietnamese households to teach their children how to master Khmer andVietnamese languages at school, making it easier for them to integrateinto society and preserve Vietnamese cultural identities.
Thanks to the support of ministries, localities, businesses andbenefactors, the association has opened 57 school venues majoring inlanguages for some 5,000 students.
The GAVC, previously knownas the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Cambodia, has steadilyperfected its apparatus from the grassroots to central levels. With over58,000 members, it has elected executive boards in 20 out of 24 citiesand provinces across the country.-VNA