NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan speaks at the closing ceremony. (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) -
The 41st General Assembly of ASEAN
Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-41) wrapped up in Hanoi via teleconference on
September 10 after three working days.
the event, the Stortinget (supreme legislature of Norway) and the Parliament of
Morocco were conferred a formal status of Observers of AIPA.
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen
Thi Kim Ngan voiced her expectation that the relations of AIPA, AIPA member
parliaments and observing parliaments of AIPA would be further deepened.
Speaker of the House of Representatives of Morocco Habib El Malki expressed the
willingness of the Moroccan legislative body to contribute to and share
experiences with AIPA member parliaments.
He said he hopes that the Moroccan parliament’s experiences with African, Arabian,
Mediterranean, Latin American countries will be useful for AIPA.
President of the Norwegian Storting Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen said she felt a deep
honour that the Norwegian parliament was selected as an AIPA observer as this
year marks the fifth anniversary of ASEAN-Norway partnership.
At the closing ceremony, President of the Lao National Assembly Pany
Yathotou and First-Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong were
presented with awards for excellent contributions to the ASEAN
They vowed to make more
contributions to the development of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim
Ngan said step ahead for AIPA to implement its guidelines and targets,
including promoting solidarity, understanding and close cooperation between
ASEAN member countries’ parliaments and accompanying the governments in building
a community for peace, stability and people’s interests.
She underlined traditional and non-traditional security challenges facing the
region and the world, saying that AIPA should enhance solidarity and
parliamentary diplomacy, adhere to international law, the UN Charter and ASEAN
Charter in order to build a cohesive and responsive ASEAN Community.
She stressed that sustainable peace and security are
foundation for long-term and prosperous development. Therefore, AIPA has always
upheld the enhancement of partnership and dialogue with ASSEAN at various levels,
she said, adding that AIPA supports ASEAN in signing the Regional Comprehensive
Economic Partnership (RCEP) this year and welcomes the establishment of an
ASEAN fund for responding to COVID-19.
closing ceremony ended with the transfer of the AIPA chairmanship to Brunei.
The Brunei Ambassador to Vietnam receives a hammer – the AIPA’s symbol – from AIPA 41 Chair Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (Photo: VNA)
On behalf of the Speaker of the Brunei Legislative Council, the Brunei
Ambassador to Vietnam received a hammer – the AIPA’s symbol – from AIPA 41
Chair Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
After the closing ceremony, a press conference announcing outcomes of AIPA 41
was held under the chair of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan,
who is also the Chair of AIPA 41./.