NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong (Source: VNA)
- Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) Tong
Thi Phong chaired a meeting with ambassadors and heads of the diplomatic missions
of ASEAN member states, together with observers and guests of the ASEAN
Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), on the cusp of the 41st AIPA
General Assembly (AIPA 41).
Phong, who is head
of the AIPA 41 organising board, took the occasion to thank ambassadors and heads
of the diplomatic missions in Hanoi for supporting the Vietnamese NA’s offices in
carrying out activities in Vietnam’s 2020 AIPA Chairmanship Year, especially
AIPA 41, which is scheduled to be held from September 8-10 via video
She affirmed that
as AIPA 41 is the most important event in the 2020 AIPA Chairmanship Year, Vietnam
began preparations in 2019, as soon as it took over the AIPA Chair from the
Thai National Assembly.
Phong said that
AIPA member parliaments agree with the AIPA 41 theme of “Parliamentary
diplomacy for a cohesive and responsive ASEAN Community”.
She expressed her
hope of continuing to receive close and effective coordination from participants
in organising the 41st AIPA General Assembly.
affirmed their participation in AIPA 41 activities and will contribute to the
General Assembly’s success, thus helping to boost friendship and solidarity between
ASEAN member states for prosperity and development in the region.
This is the third
time Vietnam has hosted an AIPA General Assembly and held the Chairmanship of
the AIPA since the country joined the organisation in 1995./.