PHOTO: Voice of Vietnam
The Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hosted a reception in Hanoi on January 7 for Vice President of the European Parliament (EP) Heidi Hautala.
The Chairwoman thanked Hautala for her positive contributions to promoting the Vietnam-European Union (EU) relationship, as well as the partnership between the Vietnamese National Assembly and the European Parliament.
The Chairwoman noted that the relationship between Vietnam and the EU has been growing in all fields, especially in trade and investment.
The EU is now the fourth largest trade partner and the second biggest export market of Vietnam, as well as the fifth largest investor in Vietnam, Ngan said.
Hautala responded that she had worked with Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and other relevant agencies on the implementation of the Voluntary Partnership Agreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (VPA/FLEGT) between the EU and Vietnam, adding that the EP is working to ensure the prompt realization of the deal.
The Vice President also added that in 2018, the National Assembly of Vietnam actively coordinated with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to hold activities related to the UN sustainable development goals and the role of parliament in reaching the goals through the application of a self-evaluation tool.
She added that the EP wants to set up collaboration mechanisms with other ASEAN countries’ parliaments. Chairwoman showed her support for the idea, pledging that Vietnam is willing to assist in the formation of such mechanisms.
By MSEAP Cyber Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org)