On December 17, 2020, Korea hosted the 6th MIKTA Speakers’ Consultation online, under the theme “Complex Challenges and Parliamentary Leadership in a Pandemic Era.” Despite COVID-19 situation and significant time difference, leaders of all five countries (Mexican Senate’s Vice President Jorge Carlos Ramirez Marin, Indonesian House of Representatives Speaker Puan Maharani, ROK National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seug, Turkish Grand National Assembly Speaker Mustafa Sentop, and Australian Senate President Sue Lines) gathered virtually to discuss impacts of COVID-19 and importance of international cooperation at parliamentary level.
First on the topic of “Five Years of MIKTA Speakers’ Consultation: Challenges in a Pandemic Era,” leaders discussed how COVID-19 pandemic has brought negative impacts on national and global economy health/social care system and trade, and came down to emphasize parliamentary leadership and cooperation in the global society.
Next on the topic of “Inclusive Parliamentary Leadership for the Socially Vulnerable in a Pandemic Crisis” for the second session, the attendees shared each parliament’s experiences particularly in protecting rights and safeguarding equal participation of vulnerable group in the society in the midst of the pandemic.
Finally, the leaders adopted the joint statement, which includes the key conclusions and prospects for parliamentary cooperation of MIKTA to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.
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