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The Vietnamese sub-committee has urged the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie (APF) to bolster the exchange of information and experience among French-speaking countries and parliaments in addressing the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Vietnamese sub-committee, as APF Vice President for the 2019 – 2021 tenure, made the call during the virtual plenary session of the APF General Assembly on January 28 – 29, according to Vietnam Plus.
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Co-chaired by APF President, President of the Ivory Coast National Assembly (NA) Amadou Soumahoro, and APF Secretary-General and member of the French NA Jacques Krabal, the event was attended by 88 APF sub-committees.
At the Assembly, Vietnam further called for better support for developing nations to accelerate digital transformation in social life and parliamentary affairs and reduce the technology gap among countries. It also expected that as prestigious multilateral organizations, OIF and APF will raise their voices to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and support vaccine development in developing countries.
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Throughout the duration of the two-day event, Louise Mushikiwabo, secretary-general of the OIF, delivered various reports and answered questions concerning measures aimed at assisting member countries to respond to healthcare and political crises.
This was done alongside disseminating strategies and actions aimed at meeting goals in multilingual and multicultural development, education, higher education, and scientific research, access to new technologies, peace, democracy, and human rights promotion. In addition, topics relating to the empowerment of young people and women, along with co-operation actions towards sustainable development, were also discussed, VOV cited.
The APF General Assembly adopted resolutions on the political situation in Burundi and the Central African Republic; cooperation in climate change response; combating cyber violence against women and children, and the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.
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