ASEAN parliament delegations called for an acceleration of digitalization and promotion of digital economy in the region on a safe and highly secure network, especially amid COVID-19 threats.
|Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Affairs Vu Hai Ha (center) led the Vietnamese National Assembly in the virtual meeting of the Committee on Political matters during the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly's General Assembly__Photo: VNA|
The statements were made on August 24 during the virtual meeting of the Committee on Political matters, as part of the 42nd General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly that opened on Monday under the theme of “Forging parliamentary cooperation in digital inclusion towards ASEAN Community 2025”.
The meeting was held under the chair of the Legislative Council of Brunei, AIPA member parliament delegations, and AIPA Secretary General Nguyen Tuong Van.
The Committee urged Governments to have programs in place to help raise awareness and protect the public in terms of cybersecurity, and concurred that the member parliaments need to further work with each other in cybersecurity issues and improving data protection legal frameworks.
At the session, the member parliaments unanimously approved four draft resolutions, including: Report of the 12th AIPA Advisory Group Meeting (AIPA Caucus 12); Enhancing cybersecurity and data protection towards a resilient cyberspace in ASEAN; Fostering human security in digital inclusion for ASEAN; and Strengthening parliamentary diplomacy towards the ASEAN Community.
The Vietnamese National Assembly delegation, led by Chairman of the Committee for Foreign Affairs Vu Hai Ha, has delivered opinions on some matters related to cyber security cooperation and data protection in ASEAN, promoted human security, promoted parliamentary diplomacy, and raised a number of proposals to strengthen AIPA-ASEAN cooperation in this field.
In the draft resolution for “Enhancing cybersecurity and data protection towards a resilient cyberspace in ASEAN,” the Vietnamese delegation urged for a cooperation mechanism via the parliamentary channel, for sharing experience in perfecting legislation and monitoring the implementation of cybersecurity laws, and continued international cooperation in the spirit of promoting mutual understanding and action within the ASEAN Community in terms of cybersecurity.
During the discussions for the resolution, Hai Ha said Vietnam was highly interested in cyberspace issues as one of the key components in the country’s efforts to bring the achievements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution to work for its socio-economic development.
Vietnam passing the law on cyber information security in 2015 has promulgated the strategy on cybersecurity to realize its goals in protecting national sovereignty, interests and national security on the internet and building a safe and healthy cyberspace.
Vietnam's National Assembly also adopted a cybersecurity law in 2018, marking a substantive milestone in attempts to regulate cybersecurity matters.
Vietnam jumped 25 places after two years to rank 25th out of 194 countries and territories worldwide in the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) in 2020, according to a report from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), said the official.
The NA official also stressed the country was respecting citizens’ rights to privacy in the cyberspace, especially as Vietnam was implementing national digital transformation to 2025 with vision towards 2030 and building e-Government.
For the draft resolution of the “Fostering human security in digital inclusion for ASEAN”, the Vietnamese delegation said there should be common understanding in terms of the definition and approach to human security, in line with ASEAN Charter and ASEAN Human Rights Declaration and other relevant documents.
In the face of the devastation caused by COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam wants AIPA parliaments to boost information sharing to help contain the outbreaks and promote growth post-pandemic.
The Vietnamese delegation also said that parliamentary diplomacy should contribute to promoting friendship between nations and peoples, and at the same time, have positive contributions to support ASEAN Governments in their efforts to deepen regional integration, build a rules-based ASEAN Community with people at the front and center, and together handle global issues like the ongoing pandemic.- (VNS/VLLF)