Announcing the outcomes of the 41st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA 41) held from September 8 to 10 via teleconference, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan attributed the successful organization of the event to efforts and determination of the Vietnamese National Assembly and AIPA member parliaments.
|NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan chairs the press conference__Photo: VNA
At a press conference in Hanoi on September 10 following the closing ceremony of AIPA 41, National Assembly Chairwoman Ngan said the successful General Assembly consolidated reputation of Vietnam in general and its National Assembly in particular in the world arena.
She said that participants at all the meetings within AIPA 41 spoke highly of and expressed appreciation towards the careful preparation by Vietnamese National Assembly.
Ngan stressed the relevance of AIPA 41’s theme “Parliamentary Diplomacy for a Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN Community”, especially given the COVID-19 pandemic.
AIPA has shown its support to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in response to the pandemic as well as recovering the economy, she added.
AIPA member parliaments agreed on promoting digital economy and take advantage of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in post-pandemic recovery, Ngan said.
The top parliamentarian also highlighted Vietnam’s initiative on setting up a forum for young parliamentarians of AIPA which has been warmly welcomed by members of AIPA.
Having received high consensus from AIPA member parliaments, the meeting of young parliamentarians of AIPA is expected to be an official mechanism within AIPA General Assembly in the following years after the AIPA Secretariat finalizes protocols and procedures.
With such meetings to be held on an annual basis, young parliamentarians within ASEAN now have a forum to express desires and make practical contributions to the development of ASEAN, she added.- (VNA/VLLF)