Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Committee for External Relations Vu Hai Ha attends the meeting. (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Political Committee of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary
Assembly (AIPA) held a meeting via videoconference on August 24 to debate draft
resolutions to submit to the second plenary session of the 42nd AIPA General
Assembly for approval.
The Vietnamese delegation, led by Chairman of the National Assembly (NA)
Committee for External Relations Vu Hai Ha, attended the discussion.
Participants focused on three major issues, namely strengthening cybersecurity
and protecting database towards a self-reliance cyber space for ASEAN;
promoting human security in the inclusive digital area in ASEAN; and increasing
parliamentary diplomacy for the building of the ASEAN Community.
They reached consensus on four draft documents, including resolutions on the
above issues and a report of the 12th AIPA Caucus meeting.
The Vietnamese delegation at the event (Photo: VNA)
At the event, the Vietnamese delegation gave a number of ideas on cybersecurity
cooperation and data protection within ASEAN, and the promotion of human
security as well as the enhancement of parliamentary diplomacy, while
suggesting some solutions to bolster AIPA-ASEAN cooperation in these areas.
COVID-19 developments, Vietnam proposed all AIPA member parliaments increase
the sharing of information and experience in pandemic prevention and control as
well as their solutions to speed up economic recovery after the pandemic.
Vietnam also shared its experience in applying technological solutions serving
tracing, alarming activities and social distancing and vaccination management.
Regarding measures to strengthen parliamentary diplomacy towards an ASEAN
Community, the Vietnamese delegation highlighted the role of parliaments in
institutionalising international commitments of member countries in both
regional and global levels, along with strengthening supervision over the
implementation of commitments within international conventions.
AIPA member parliaments should play a positive role in the issuance, adjustment
and supplementation of legal documents with direct link to the promotion of
mutual understanding and cooperation among countries on the foundation of
equality and respect for each other legitimate rights and interest in line with
international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the
Sea (UNCLOS), thus reinforcing trust and ensuring principles of the UN Charter
and the ASEAN Charter, helping to maintain peace, stability, security and boosting
Vietnam also stressed that parliamentary diplomacy needs to make more
contributions to promoting diplomatic ties among countries and nations, while
supporting the governments of ASEAN member countries to increase regional
integration and involvement in building the ASEAN Community with respect for
the law and taking people as its core, thus joining hands together to deal with
global challenges like COVID-19./.