New Zealand praises APPF-26 theme and contributions

Question: This year, the APPF meeting is focusing on parliamentary partnership for peace, innovation and sustainable development. What do you think about the theme?Answer: I think it is an excellent and very timely theme, particularly around the area of innovation because we are living in the era of critical changes to health, population and economy. It is very important for the parliaments around the Asia – Pacific to keep a brief of all the changes. We’re talking about the fourth industrial revolution which happens so rapidly that not many governments can see where it is going to go but we know that it is bringing huge enhancement into the area of healthcare, culture, transport, and digital communications. As it is bringing information to all of our population, we are looking at a far more connected world and cross-culture globe. So it is important for APPF to have a vision, to understand and embrace the technological revolution.The theme around peace is also very important because trade does not exist without peaceful relationships, and peace is also about stability. With the rapid changes, all we need is a government who can work through all the changes that are coming into our societies in an intelligent and proactive way.Question: This is the second time Vietnam has hosted an APPF meeting. What do you think of the Vietnamese National Assembly’s effort and contribution to the event and the forum at large?Answer: I think the way that the forum has been organised and presented is absolutely… [Read full story]

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