Vietnamese NA Remains Active Participant in APPF Activities

Vietnam’s attendance at the 29th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum demonstrates its legislature’s responsibilities in multilateral parliamentary diplomacy to promote regional peace, co-operation, development, and socio-economic recovery in the post pandemic period
December 12, 2021 | 12:15
Vietnamese NA Remains Active Participant in APPF Activities
National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue. Photo: VOV

A high-ranking delegation of the National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue will attend the 29th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-29) via videoconference from December 13 to December 15, VOV reported.

Attendance at the event comes following an invitation made Park Byeong Seug, the Speaker of the NA of the Republic of Korea and host of the APPF-29.

NA Chairman Hue will attend and deliver speeches at two important plenary sessions on political-security and economic-trade issues.

According to Vu Hai Ha, chairman of the NA Committee for External Relations, the issues discussed at the forum are very practical for the purposes of peace, security, stability, and development throughout the region.

For issues regarding security, peace, and stability, the nation calls on countries to strengthen co-operation and solidarity to maintain an environment of peace, security, and regional cooperation, especially to ensure the safety and security of aviation and navigation in waters, including the East Sea.

Vietnamese NA Remains Active Participant in APPF Activities
Photo: VNA

The country is therefore ready to co-operate with partners to effectively prevent the COVID-19 pandemic through sharing vaccine resources, transferring technology, and implementing the agreement adopted at the recent UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in order to adapt effectively to climate change.

With regard to economic issues, the nation also suggests countries fine-tune the legal framework in the region to harmonise laws and boost general co-operation in digital transformation and digital economy. Indeed, this target aims to promote post-pandemic economic recovery toward building a circular economy that boasts plenty of green credentials, Ha said.

The speeches made by the top Vietnamese legislator will also provide recommendations for APPF member parliaments to step up co-operation, share experience, and realise the issues raised at the forum.

First joining the APPF back in January, 1995, the Vietnamese NA has always actively participated in the forum's activities, which has earned it plenty of international plaudits.

It is noteworthy that the NA hosted the APPF-13 in January, 2005 in Ha Long city of Quang Ninh province, with the occasion featuring the participation of by 22 member parliaments and observers.

Moreover, the APPF 26 was held from January 18 to 21, 2018, in Hanoi with the participation of 22 member parliamentary delegations, including Vietnam, and 365 international guests, including the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Secretary General of the IPU, and the former President of the IPU.

Vietnamese NA Remains Active Participant in APPF Activities
Participating delegates at APPF-26 pose for a photo. Photo: VNA
Vietnamese NA Remains Active Participant in APPF Activities
​The opening session of the APPF-26. Photo: VNA
Vietnamese NA Remains Active Participant in APPF Activities
Photo: VNA

The success of the APPF-26 marks an important highlight in foreign affairs for the 14th legislature as it contributes to the overall success of Vietnamese diplomatic activities.

An important contribution of the Vietnamese NA at APPF 26 was a fresh vision for Asia-Pacific parliamentary partnership towards 2030.

In his remarks, President Samdech Heng Samrin said Cambodia will host the 27th APPF Annual Meeting in Siem Reap in January 2019. The Cambodian NA commits to making all-out efforts to contribute to promoting the friendship cooperation between regional parliaments, promote dialogue mechanisms and exchanges among parliamentarians and improving the legislatures' role in handling common regional issues, thus ensuring peace, stability and sustainable development.

The APPF was officially formed by former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone in Tokyo, Japan, in 1993. The forum now gathers 27 members. It is a mechanism that enables parliamentarians to discuss issues of common concern, and to deepen their understanding of the region and the interests and experience of its perse members. The forum’s proceedings address political, security, economic, social and cultural issues, thus furthering regional cooperation and building relations between and among parliamentarians from the Asia-Pacific region.

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