Vietnam, Mexico seek stronger parliamentary coopertion

NDO/VNA – Vietnam and Mexico need to promote the cooperation between their Parliamentary Friendship Groups, National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong said, while receiving Chairwoman of the Mexican Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee Gabriela Cuevas Barron, in Hanoi on August 18. Expressing her delight at the fruitful development of their bilateral relations in the fields of economy, politics, culture and society, Phong affirmed that Mexico is Vietnam’s leading trade partner in the region. She noted with pleasure the mutual support and close cooperation between the two countries at multilateral organisations and thanked the country for the support it gave to Vietnam in the past struggle for national liberation, as well as in the current cause of national construction and development. While lauding Senator Barron’s candidacy for the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Phong believed that with her experience, competence and leadership capacity, she will receive great advocacy from the IPU’s member parliaments. For her part, the Mexican Senator said that she has been impressed by the Vietnamese people and their achievements in national construction and development, during her three visits to the Southeast Asian country. This visit will create opportunities for both sides to exchange views on bilateral and multilateral issues, she said, adding that Mexico expects Vietnam to back its candidacy for IPU chairmanship for the 2017-2020 tenure. She also hoped that the two countries will enhance their collaboration in IPU’s activities in the near future. ... [read more]

President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) of Thailand Pornpetch Wichitcholchai (L) meets with ational Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) of Thailand Pornpetch Wichitcholchai left Hanoi on August 16, concluding his four-day official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. During his stay in Vietnam, President Wichitcholchai held talks with NA Chairwoman Ngan, paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and met with the Vietnam-Thailand Parliamentary Friendship Group. At these meetings, the two sides expressed their delight at the development of Vietnam-Thailand relations in recent years with the regular exchange of high-ranking delegations.   [Parliamentary friendship group hopes for stronger Vietnam-Thailand ties] The two sides agreed that functional agencies of the two legislatures will closely supervise the implementation of the cooperation agreements signed between the two governments and maintain the exchange of delegations at all levels while the two parliamentary friendship groups will also strengthen their cooperative ties. They held that parliamentarians of Vietnam and Thailand should share viewpoints and support each other at international and regional inter-parliamentary forums in issues of mutual concern, thereby contributing to the building of a peaceful, stable and developed Asia-Pacific region. The leaders agreed to create better conditions for businesses from the two nations to meet in order to boost bilateral trade and investment relations. Thailand hoped that more Vietnamese investors would do…... [read more]

NDO – The high-level delegation of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand, led by its President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai and his wife, left Hanoi on August 16, successfully concluding their official visit to Vietnam, which took place from August 13 to 16, at the invitation of Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan. >>> Prime Minister welcomes Thailand’s top legislator >>> Vietnam, Thailand should keep mutual support at int’l parliamentary forums >>> Parliamentary friendship group hopes for stronger Vietnam-Thailand ties During his stay in Vietnam, Wichitcholchai held talks with NA Chairwoman Ngan, paid a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and met with the Vietnam-Thailand Parliamentary Friendship Group. At the meetings, both sides agreed that the relations between Vietnam and Thailand have been growing exceptionally over the past few years, manifested through the regular exchange of high-level delegations. They suggested that the specialised agencies of the two countries’ legislative bodies regularly supervise the implementation of the cooperative agreements reached by the two Governments, whilst maintaining the exchange of delegations at all levels. The two parliamentary friendship groups of both countries should strengthen their collaboration, the leaders stated, recommending that both sides support each other on issues of mutual concern at international and regional inter-parliamentary forums, thus contributing to peace, stability and development in the Asia-Pacific region. The two sides agreed to create more favourable conditions for the business communities of both countries to enhance exchanges towards boosting trade and investment, as well as to accelerate bilateral cooperation…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Chairman of the Vietnam-Thailand Parliamentary Friendship Group Pham Dinh Toan met on August 15 with President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) of Thailand Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, who is on a visit in Vietnam. Chairman of the Vietnam-Thailand Parliamentary Friendship Group Pham Dinh Toan highly valued the visit’s significance to the Vietnam-Thailand strategic partnership as well as the friendship and multifaceted cooperation between the two legislative bodies. He described it as an opportunity to build trust and understanding between leaders of the two countries and parliaments. Applauding the active and effective activities of the two parliamentary friendship groups, he noted that their cooperation has become an important channel of parliamentary diplomacy and a firm bridge helping to foster relations between the countries’ parliaments and people. He expressed his hope for the NLA’s continued support on cooperation activities of the two parliamentary friendship groups to share information about issues of common concern. At the meeting in Hanoi, NLA President Pornpetch Wichitcholchai said relations between the two legislatures have continually been reinforced. He added that he will help the parliamentary friendship groups to step up activities since they are critical factors in the development of bilateral parliamentary ties and Vietnam-Thailand relations. Before the meeting, the NLA delegation had paid homage to Ho Chi Minh at the late President’s mausoleum and visited the late President Relic site in Hanoi. ... [read more]

Chairwoman of the National Assembly of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) welcomes President of the National Legislative Assembly of Thailand Pornpetch Wichitcholchai on August 14 (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Lawmakers of Vietnam and Thailand should continue to share common viewpoints and support each other in issues of common concern at international and regional inter-parliamentary forums, thus contributing to peace, stability and development in Asia-Pacific. The remark was made during talks in Hanoi on August 14 between Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and President of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) of Thailand Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, who is on an official visit to Vietnam from August 13 to 16. The two sides noted the soundly developing relations between the countries, which can be seen through regular mutual visits by high-ranking delegations. Chairwoman Ngan affirmed Vietnam’s consistent policy of prioritising the strategic partnership with Thailand. She asked both sides to work more closely to effectively carry out the plan of action to implement their strategic partnership between 2014 and 2018, as well as important cooperation mechanisms such as the joint cabinet meeting, the political consultation, the high-level dialogue on security, and the dialogue on defence policy. The officials said to optimise the countries’ cooperation potential, specialised agencies of the two parliaments should closely supervise the Governments’ cooperation agreements and maintain delegation exchanges at all levels. The two parliamentary friendship groups also need to increase connections. Highlighting thriving trade…... [read more]

The placement of the Haiyang Shiyou-981 drilling oil rig in Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and continental shelf has touched off an overwhelming display of patriotic support by OVs and international friends alike. The Vietnamese Community in Cuba held a meeting on May 29 at which they condemned China’s illegal act and issued a proclamation calling upon China to cease all provocations and withdraw the oil rig from Vietnam’s territorial waters. Mai Thao, President of the Overseas Vietnamese Association in Cuba, expressed his belief in the Vietnamese Government’s proper reaction, which not only demonstrates peace loving spirit and maximum restraint but also strong determination to protect sovereignty over sea and islands. Le Anh Thu, a Vietnamese student, said that each Vietnamese person should raise his or her voice in order to help international friends understand the real situation in the East Sea and stand united in opposition to China’s blatantly illegal acts. On the occasion, OVs in Cuba raised funds worth US$2,300 for coast guard forces who are protecting the national sovereignty. *** Around 50 Vietnamese people and students in Barcelona, Spain, gathered at Cataluna Square to protest against China’s violation. They signed a letter addressed to the Chinese Embassy in Madrid and the Consulate General in Barcelona, asking China to remove the drilling oil rig and escort ships out of Vietnam’s waters. Participants raised nearly EUR1,000 to support Vietnamese coast guards and fishermen whose fishing boats were attacked and destroyed by Chinese vessels. *** Julio César Tinoco Oros, Secretary…... [read more]

Vietnam-Chile Joint Statement 1. General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nong Duc Manh paid an official State visit to Chile from May 25 to 27 at the invitation of Chilean President Michelle Bachelle Heria. The two leaders emphasized the significance of the visit and affirmed the two countries’ determination to strengthen their ties of bilateral cooperation for each country’s prosperous development. 2. The two sides expressed their delight at the fine development of diplomatic ties and affirmed their determination to cooperate in international issues of mutual concern. The fine relationship has been reflected through Chilean President Ricard Lagos Escoba’s State visit to Vietnam in October 2003, Vietnamese State President Tran Duc Luong’s State visit to Chile in November 2004, Chilean President Michelle Bachelle Heria’s State visit to Vietnam in November 2006 and Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh’s State visit to Chile this time. 3. The two sides were glad to see that bilateral economic ties are developing strongly in the field of trade and investment, and that the two countries are at an appropriate time to build new mechanisms for comprehensive cooperation on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and mutual assistance for mutual development. 4. During talks, Party leader Manh and President Michel Bachelet affirmed their determination to boost the exchange of free trade and strengthen investments between the two countries. 5. The two leaders expressed their pleasure at the first meeting of the joint study group to assess the feasibility of the free…... [read more]

The chairman of the Czech House of Representatives, Miroslav Vlcek, made the statement during talks with the chairman of the Vietnam National Assembly, Nguyen Phu Trong, in Prague on April 27. He also suggested that the two countries cooperate in energy and energy security which are issues of top concern of the republic. He said that many Czech companies are keen to invest in Vietnam and their cooperation will enrich bilateral relations. The republic highly values Vietnam’s role in Southeast Asia, said Mr Vlcek. For his part, Mr Trong said that agreements signed between the two countries have been implemented effectively. He appreciated the republic’s valuable support and provision of the official development assistance to Vietnam and thanked the country for training human resources and creating favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community to live, study and work in the republic. Vietnam always attaches great importance to developing cooperative ties with the Czech Republic and the European Union, said Mr Trong. He also affirmed that the Vietnam National Assembly will do its utmost to strengthen the friendship and long-term cooperation in many fields with the EU country for mutual interests. He thanked to the republic for supporting Vietnam in joining the World Trade Organisation and becoming a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2008-2009 term. He expressed his hope that the Czech Republic, with its role of EU presidency, would help foster the relationship between Vietnam and the EU. Vietnam is ready to cooperate with the republic…... [read more]

Ms Phong said that the two countries should increase the exchange of visits by parliamentarian groups and legislative agencies to promote mutual understanding and cooperation, as well as overseeing their governments in carrying out its commitments within the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Paijit Sreenwarakan praised Vietnam’s solutions to maintain political stability and positive economic growth given the global financial and economic crisis. He said that most overseas Vietnamese in Thailand have been granted Thai citizenship and have made important contributions to Thailand’s economic development. He expressed his hope that cooperation and exchange between the two legislative bodies would be further expanded, contributing to the development of the two countries’ relationship. On May 28, Mr Paijit held talks with Vice Chairman of the NA’s Committee for External Affairs Ngo Duc Manh, who is also the Chairman of the Vietnam-ASEAN Parliamentary Friendship Group.... [read more]

The G20 Summit was attended by the leaders from G20 countries, plus others from guest countries (Vietnam, Malawi, Ethiopia, Spain and the Netherlands) and international organisations the United Nations (UN) the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank (WB) the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Also present among the guests was, Surin Pitsuwan, Secretary General of ASEAN. PM Dung took part in six sessions on the situation and prospects of the world economy, the framework for a strong, sustainable and balanced growth, reforming financial regulations and international financial institutions, anti-protectionism measures, promoting trade liberalisation and preparations for the next G20 summit scheduled to be held in Seoul, the Republic of Korea in November. Leaders from the G20 and international organisations underlined their determination to promote cooperation to help the global economy rebound sustainably and deal with the challenges that still face many countries such as financial deficits, public debts and unemployment. They adopted specific measures and policies aimed at cementing a framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth, enhancing financial regulation reform to ensure the efficiency and transparency of the financial system to prevent future financial crises. The leaders also underlined the need to combat protectionism which is growing in the wake of the global economic downturn with joint international efforts to facilitate trade and investment, including an early conclusion of the Doha round of trade talks. They were also keen to deal with issues related to the development…... [read more]




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