Vietnamese NA backs enhanced cooperation with Bangladesh

NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) shakes hands with Speaker of the Parliament of Bangladesh Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in Hanoi on July 20 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) supports and creates favourable
legal conditions for the promotion of cooperation between Vietnam and
Bangladesh, said NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

The
top legislator made the statement during her talks with Speaker of the
Parliament of Bangladesh Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in Hanoi on July 20, who is
in Vietnam for an official visit from July 20-24.

Speaking
highly of Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury’s visit, which is also the first visit by a
Bangladeshi Parliament Speaker since the two countries established diplomatic
ties in 1973, NA Chairwoman Ngan said she believes that the trip will
contribute to strengthening the traditional friendship and multi-faceted
cooperation between the two countries’ people and opening up a new page for the
bilateral legislative ties.

Host
and guest noted with satisfaction the continuous development of the bilateral
relationship over the past 44 years with enhanced political ties and mutual
trust, which have been reflected through the exchange of high-level visits and
meetings, especially the visits to Vietnam by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh
Hasina in 2012 and President Abdul Hamid in 2015.

Vietnam
always attaches importance to and wishes to further develop the traditional
friendship and fruitful cooperation with Bangladesh, NA Chairwoman Ngan said,
stressing that the two countries have stood side by side and supported each
other in national construction and defence as well as economic development.

She
suggested the two sides continue their coordination and mutual support at
regional and international forums, and called for Bangladesh to back Vietnam’s
candidacy for a UN Security Council seat during 2020-2021 and the UNESCO
General Director for the 2017-2022 tenure.

The
Vietnamese chief legislator was delighted at the rapid pace of economic and
trade ties between the two countries with bilateral trade revenue increasing by
2.5 times during the 2010-2014 period. The number expanded by 3.1 percent in
2016 as compared with 2015 to hit 608 million USD.

Many
Vietnamese products like rice, garments-textiles, footwear and electronic
products have become popular in Bangladesh. The two countries signed an
agreement on investment encouragement and protection on May 18, 2005.

Vietnam
encourages and welcomes joint efforts to expand the cooperation in other areas
like national defence, fishery, education-training, culture and tourism, NA
Chairwoman Ngan said.

She
emphasised the two countries’ signing of an extended memorandum of
understanding on rice trading for 2017-2022 last May, under which Bangladesh
will import one million tonne of rice each year from Vietnam.

For
her part, the Bangladeshi Speaker held that both Vietnam and Bangladesh have
been affected by adverse impacts of climate change and sea level rise, and have
experience in gender equality and poverty reduction.

The
two countries should step up their cooperation and experience exchange, and
support each other in these realms.

The
Speaker briefed her host on Bangladesh’s socio-economic achievements since it
gained independence in 1971, citing woman empowerment, decreased maternal and
child fatality rates, accomplishments of many millennium development goals and the
development of clean, green and renewable energies, and aquatic production,
which, she said, Vietnam and Bangladesh should cooperate in future.

Host
and guest agreed that to raise the bilateral trade to 1 billion USD as
consented by Vietnamese and Bangladeshi leaders, the two countries should forge
collaboration in trade and investment and create favourable conditions for
their businesses to take part in fairs, exhibitions and seminars organised in the
respective countries.

Shirin
Sharmin Chaudhury used the occasion to call on Vietnam to pay more heed to
investing in Bangladesh which has a population of about 160 million and other
favourable conditions.

On
cooperation between the two parliaments, NA Chairwoman
Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan showed her delight at fruitful outcomes of the two sides in
both bilateral and multilateral aspects.

She
thanked her Bangladeshi counterpart for sending a delegation to the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union that Vietnam hosted in 2015, as well
as Bangladesh’s warm welcome for the Vietnamese delegation during the 136th Assembly of the IPU earlier this year.

The
two NA leaders agreed to continue high-level delegation exchanges and meetings
between the two NAs to share experience in law-building and supervise the
implementation of agreements between the two countries, thus contributing to
fostering friendship and all-round cooperation.

The
two sides will consider the formation of two friendship parliamentarian groups
to act as a bridge connecting legislators of both sides and encouraging the
development of partnership in economy and people-to-people contacts.

They
will continue supporting each other at the international and regional
inter-parliamentarian unions in issues of shared concern, while assigning the
Committees for External Affairs and relevant agencies to work together towards
the signing of a specific cooperation mechanism aiming to make collaboration
between the two parliaments more effective and practical.

At
the talks, the two NA leaders also shared views on regional and international
issues of common concern. Ngan congratulated Bangladesh on winning the position
of the Chair of the Executive Council of the Organisation for the Prohibition
of Chemical Weapons for the 2017-2018 tenure.

The
two leaders also concurred to continue working closely at multilateral forums
of which the two countries are members.

The
Bangladeshi top legislator invited her Vietnamese counterpart to visit
Bangladesh soon and received Ngan’s acceptance.

Earlier
the same day, the Bangladeshi Parliament Speaker paid tribute to late President
Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and laid flowers at the Monument for Heroic
Martyrs in Hanoi.

In
the evening the same day, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hosted a banquet
for the Bangladeshi top legislator and the Bangladesh parliament
delegation.-VNA



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