General Secretary of Mongolian Parliamentary Office greeted in Hanoi

During talks with visiting First Vice President of Cambodia’s Senate Ney Pena in Hanoi on August 9, Phong affirmed that the Vietnamese legislative body will expand and improve the efficiency of collaboration between Governments and people of Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as their NAs at regional and international parliamentary-forums.  The host said Ney Pena’s visit to Vietnam from August 8-9 is an important event among activities marking the 50th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties (June 24), contributing to enhancing the friendly neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. She reiterated that Vietnam attaches importance to and gives the top priority to strengthening relations with neighbouring countries, including Cambodia, stressing that such ties are vital to the development of both Vietnam and Cambodia.  Ney Pena used the occasion to thank the Party, State and people of Vietnam for their support to Cambodia during the country’s times of difficulty as well as in the cause of national construction and development.  The guest stressed Cambodia’s determination to preserve the Vietnam-Cambodia relationship, regarding this as a valuable asset shared by the two nations. During the talks, the two sides informed each other about political, economic and social situation in their respective countries, and discussed economic, trade and investment ties between Vietnam and Cambodia over the past time. ... [read more]

The Vietnam National Assembly (NA) will continue its close cooperation with the National Assembly and Senate of Cambodia in the time ahead, Standing Vice Chairwoman of the NA Tong Thi Phong has said.  Standing Vice Chairwoman of the NA Tong Thi Phong (R) ​and First Vice President of Cambodia’s Senate Ney Pena During talks with visiting First Vice President of Cambodia’s Senate Ney Pena in Hanoi on August 9, Phong affirmed that the Vietnamese legislative body will expand and improve the efficiency of collaboration between Governments and people of Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as their NAs at regional and international parliamentary-forums.  The host said Ney Pena’s visit to Vietnam from August 8-9 is an important event among activities marking the 50th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties (June 24), contributing to enhancing the friendly neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. She reiterated that Vietnam attaches importance to and gives the top priority to strengthening relations with neighbouring countries, including Cambodia, stressing that such ties are vital to the development of both Vietnam and Cambodia.  Ney Pena used the occasion to thank the Party, State and people of Vietnam for their support to Cambodia during the country’s times of difficulty as well as in the cause of national construction and development.  The guest stressed Cambodia’s determination to preserve the Vietnam-Cambodia relationship, regarding this as a valuable asset shared by the two nations. During the talks, the two sides informed each other about political, economic and social situation in…... [read more]

Standing Vice Chairwoman of the NA Tong Thi Phong (R) ​and First Vice President of Cambodia’s Senate Ney Pena (Source: VNA)   Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam National Assembly (NA) will continue its close cooperation with the National Assembly and Senate of Cambodia in the time ahead, Standing Vice Chairwoman of the NA Tong Thi Phong has said. During talks with visiting First Vice President of Cambodia’s Senate Ney Pena in Hanoi on August 9, Phong affirmed that the Vietnamese legislative body will expand and improve the efficiency of collaboration between Governments and people of Vietnam and Cambodia, as well as their NAs at regional and international parliamentary-forums. The host said Ney Pena’s visit to Vietnam from August 8-9 is an important event among activities marking the 50th anniversary of the bilateral diplomatic ties (June 24), contributing to enhancing the friendly neighbourliness and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries. She reiterated that Vietnam attaches importance to and gives the top priority to strengthening relations with neighbouring countries, including Cambodia, stressing that such ties are vital to the development of both Vietnam and Cambodia. Ney Pena used the occasion to thank the Party, State and people of Vietnam for their support to Cambodia during the country’s times of difficulty as well as in the cause of national construction and development. The guest stressed Cambodia’s determination to preserve the Vietnam-Cambodia relationship, regarding this as a valuable asset shared by the two…... [read more]

NDO – Vietnamese and Lao National Assembly (NA) jointly held a seminar, with the theme ‘the role of female NA deputies in the NA’s activities’, in Da Nang City on August 7. The event was attended by Vietnamese Politburo members: NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, member of Party Central Committee (PCC) and head of the PCC’s Commission for Mass Mobilisation Truong Thi Mai, and NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong; Vietnamese Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh; along with Lao Politburo member and NA Chairwoman Pany Yathotou, Lao NA Vice Chairwoman Sisay Leudetmounsone and Lao Ambassador to Vietnam Thongsavanh Phomvihane. Addressing the seminar, on behalf of the Vietnamese NA, Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan warmly welcomed the female NA deputies from the two countries, as well as all the distinguished guests in attendance at the event. She noted that during the course of the 55 years since the diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Laos were established, the special relations and solidarity between the two nations have been nurtured and developed, in turn becoming an invaluable common asset of the two peoples. The Vietnamese legislative leader also stated that the seminar is a meaningful event – the first meeting of female NA deputies in the 14th tenure of Vietnamese NA and the eighth tenure of Lao NA. The event aims to create an opportunity for female NA deputies from the two countries to share and exchange their experiences in parliamentary activities, emphasised NA Chairwoman Ngan. …... [read more]

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Lao NA Sengnuan Xayalath stressed that this conference is of significance for the three legislative bodies to supervise the enforcement of a Development Initiative in the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Development Triangle. Delegates to the sixth conference of the Committees for Foreign Affairs of the  National Assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Photo: vietnamplus.vn To realize development-related treaties and initiatives signed by the governments, participants at the meeting need to study and contribute ideas to each issue straightly to find out proper orientations and solutions to be submitted to the governments, disseminate investment policies in the region to foreign investors through parliamentary mechanisms and regional and global parliamentary offices. Nguyen Van Giau, Head of the Vietnamese NA’s Committee for External Relations, said that with their role and responsibility, the three committees have helped the legislative bodies promote their role in boosting development and cooperation in the region and building the borderline of peace, stability, solidarity and development. He expressed his hope that the three governments will soon sign an action plan connecting the three economies by 2030. This plan is expected to help the countries focus development resources on the fields of transport, energy, trade, telecommunications scientifically and synchronously in order to gain practical results for the CLV development triangle, he added. The Vietnamese NA also hopes the legislatures of Laos and Cambodia will encourage relevant agencies to soon complete negotiations and necessary procedures…... [read more]

Delegates to the six conference of the Committees for Foreign Affairs of the  National Assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam (Source: VNA) Vientiane (VNA) – The Committees for Foreign Affairs of the  National Assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam convened their sixth meeting in Vientiane, on August 2 to discuss how to intensify the legislatures’ supervision over cooperation initiatives in the development triangle region. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Lao NA Sengnuan Xayalath stressed that this conference is of significance for the three legislative bodies to supervise the enforcement of a Development Initiative in the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Development Triangle. To realise development-related treaties and initiatives signed by the governments, participants at the meeting need to study and contribute ideas to each issue straightly to find out proper orientations and solutions to be submitted to the governments, disseminate investment policies in the region to foreign investors through parliamentary mechanisms and regional and global parliamentary offices. Nguyen Van Giau, head of the Vietnamese NA’s Committee for Foreign Affairs, said that with their role and responsibility, the three committees have helped the legislative bodies promote their role in boosting development and cooperation in the region and building the borderline of peace, stability, solidarity and development. He expressed his hope that the three Governments will soon sign an action plan connecting the three economies by 2030. This plan is expected to help the countries focus development resources on the fields of transport, energy,…... [read more]

NDO/ VNA – The Committees for External Relations of the National Assemblies of Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam convened their sixth meeting in Vientiane, on August 2, to discuss how to intensify the legislatures’ supervision over the cooperation initiatives in the development triangle region. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Vice Chairman of the Lao NA Sengnuan Xayalath stressed that this conference is of significance for the three legislative bodies as they supervise the enforcement of a Development Initiative in the Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Development Triangle. To realise the development-related treaties and initiatives signed by the governments, participants at the meeting need to study the issues and contribute ideas on each issue to find out the suitable directions and solutions to be submitted to the governments. The participants must also disseminate the investment policies in the region to foreign investors, through parliamentary mechanisms and regional and global parliamentary offices. Nguyen Van Giau, head of the Vietnamese NA’s Committee for External Relations, said that with their role and responsibility, the three committees have helped the legislative bodies to promote their role in boosting development and cooperation in the region and building the borderline of peace, stability, solidarity and development. He expressed his hope that the three Governments will promptly sign an action plan that will connect the three economies by 2030. This plan is expected to help the countries focus development resources in the fields of transport, energy, trade and telecommunications, scientifically and synchronously in order to gain practical results for the CLV development…... [read more]

By the end of this year, programme 135 will have finished the first phase, which lasted for seven years. Under the first phase, more than 20,000 infrastructure projects have been built, more than 200 commune-cluster centres established, 70 percent of the communes have built basic infrastructural facilities such as roads, schools, irrigation, medial centres and electricity supply networks. Furthermore, about 90 percent of the children living in communes with special difficulties have attended school, 86 percent of communes built primary schools, 96 percent built medical centres, and an additional 500 communes built motor roads. On average between four to five percent of households have escaped poverty. According to Trang A Pao, chairman of the National Assembly’s Ethnicity Council, the educational level of ethnic people in disadvantaged communes remains very low and they mainly rely on self-sufficient economic behaviour. In many areas, ethnic people still practice slash-and-burn farming, while infrastructure facilities do not meet the requirements for development. "Programme 135 has proved very effective, but it has only been implemented for a short period of time with modest investment, therefore the results have been limited," said Mr Pao. "For the time being, many small and scattered projects have been built that do not meet technical specifications. The poverty rate remains high while disparities between regions and ethnic groups are still widening." The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs reported that under the new criteria, the poverty rate in the north-western and Central Highlands regions currently stands at more than 60…... [read more]

The result is attributed to the great efforts made by the Governments, legislative bodies, business communities and people of the two countries. The two sides have finally settled many differences in several fields, even old scores and schemes of sabotage against Vietnam by certain hostile forces, to move towards achieving major realistic targets of building fine cooperative relations, especially in economics and trade in the interest of Vietnam and the US. Vietnam has spared no effort to build a peaceful, stable and safe society and maintain an annual economic growth rate of 8 percent in recent years, affirming its important position in the region and the world. Its achievements have been acknowledged by the US Administration and President George W. Bush himself. Mr Bush said he had witnessed with his own eyes a Vietnam full of vitality and confidence. For US investors and enterprises, Vietnam is an attractive market of great potential. For this reason, Mr Bush and the US Administration have exerted every effort to accelerate the approval of PNTR legislation for Vietnam which the US business circles hope will create a good opportunity for them to access the Vietnamese market. If the US fails to approve PNTR status for Vietnam- an official member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO)- all Vietnamese commitments to the world’s largest trade body will be invalid and, as a result, the US will face disadvantages in trade ties not only with Vietnam but also with other WTO members. Obviously, the approval of Vietnam…... [read more]

With a majority of votes in favour (90.24 percent), most NA deputies ratified the protocol on Vietnam’s WTO admission. Hence, Vietnam’s National Assembly reached the highest consensus on the ratification of the protocol, showing the legislative body’s determination to co-operate with the State, Party and Government, as well as agencies at all levels to deeply integrate into the global economy, opening up new prospects for further renovation, development and integration. The protocol on Vietnam’s accession to the WTO was signed by Vietnamese Trade Minister Truong Dinh Tuyen and WTO General Director Pascal Lamy in Geneva, Switzerland on November 7. The protocol is due to take effect 30 days after it was ratified by the NA on November 28. This means that from now on Vietnam is an official member of the WTO with the full interests, responsibilities and obligations associated with it. In the wake of this significant event, the Vietnamese people are able to look back at the long and hard process of negotiations for WTO accession that took nearly 12 years to conclude. Vietnam’s WTO admission and the NA’s protocol ratification have shown the high consensus and strong will of the Vietnamese people to integrate into the international economic community and also testified to an irreversible trend of renewal policy which has been initiated and pursued by the Party. Vietnam is determined to fulfill its commitments to the WTO as the country will face both opportunities and challenges. WTO membership will provide many major opportunities and fresh impetus…... [read more]




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