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The Programme titled “Vietnam Coast Guard accompanies fishermen”

The model entitled “Vietnam Coast Guard accompanies fishermen” has been implemented since 2017 by the Command of the Vietnam Coast Guard (VCG). At the Conference to review the 2-year implementation of the model (2017-2019), the VCG’s Party Committee and Command advised the Commander of the General Department of Politics on upgrading this model. Grounded on the approval of the General Department of Politics, the VCG’s Party Committee Standing Board signed the Programme titled “VCG accompanies fishermen” with the provincial-level Party Committee Standing Boards of Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai, Binh Thuan, Khanh Hoa, Ba Ria - Vung Tau, and Kien Giang. Doing so has enabled the VCG to promote the synergy of the entire political system and politico-social organisations to make the Programme entitled “CVG accompanies fishermen” more legally binding and effective.

Under the Programme, signatories shall maintain coordination to (1) disseminate the Party’s guidelines and the State’s law and policy amongst the people, including fishermen, (2) build a strong political system, (3) help the people with socio-economic and cultural development, hunger eradication, poverty reduction, and new-style countryside building, (4) give assistance to fishermen in developing the marine economy, (5) provide support for fishermen at sea as the basis for safeguarding national sovereignty over seas and islands, (6) mobilise personnel, means, and vessels for the defence of seas and islands.

Bringing into play the good results and experience, the Coast Guard Zones’ Commands have closely cooperated with the provincial-level Party Committees’ Mass Mobilisation Commissions in developing plans for the VCG’s Command to execute the Programme in an effective, comprehensive but focalised manner across the force. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the implementation of the Programme has been adjusted properly and initially produced outcome. Units across the VCG have disseminated measures of COVID-19 prevention and control amongst over 11,000 citizens and delivered 22,000 leaflets. Offices and units of the VCG have organised the work of propagation for 4,660 fishermen at harbours and 36 fishing vessels at sea, distributed 4,750 leaflets about fighting against illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, handed over one “House of Great Unity,” provided more than 4,000 gifts, 2,000 national flags, 100 life jackets, and 40 first-aid boxes for fishermen, presented poor children with 10 bicycles and 20 scholarships, gave 45,190 face masks and 6,811 sanitiser bottles for COVID-19 prevention and control, and provided free medical examination and medicine for 500 fishermen worth nearly 5 billion VND.

With those outstanding achievements, it can’t be denied that the Programme entitled “VCG accompanies fishermen” has greatly contributed to realising the Central Military Commission’s Resolution 49-NQ/QUTW, dated October 26th, 2015 on “enhancing and renewing mass mobilisation in the new situation.” In the upcoming time, the VCG will continue promoting this Programme to provide support for fishermen at sea, facilitate the development of the marine economy, and firmly protect national sovereignty over seas and islands.

PHAM BINH

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