Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan at the event (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and National Assembly
Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan attended the ASEAN Leaders’ Interface with
Representatives of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) as
part of the virtual 36th ASEAN Summit on June 26.
PM Phuc, who is also Chair of ASEAN 2020, affirmed that the event reflects the close
collaboration between governments and parliaments of ASEAN member states in the
process of building the ASEAN Community.
Accompanying the development of the ASEAN over the past four decades, the AIPA has
upheld its important role in harmonising laws among nations and creating
favourable conditions for the full and effective implementation of policies by
regional governments, he said.
In the spirit of the ASEAN Year 2020 theme “Cohesive and Responsive”, the PM
affirmed that ASEAN countries stay united to realise the ASEAN Community Vision
2025, towards a connected and cohesive ASEAN Community that upholds its central
role in the evolving regional architecture and actively adapts with opportunities
As the region and the world are facing unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the bloc convened the ASEAN Special Summit and ASEAN 3 Special Summit on COVID-19. The Vietnamese leader said the ASEAN has proved its strong will, taken
comprehensive and synchronous approach, pooled public involvement, and forged
collaboration at national and regional levels to turn challenges into
opportunities for sustainable development.
The PM thanked the AIPA for promptly supporting the adoption of measures and
policies by regional nations in the fight against COVID-19, and wished that the
dialogue will help deepen links between governments and parliaments of the ASEAN
member states, contributing to realising the people-oriented and people-centred
In her capacity as Chair of the 41st General Assembly of the AIPA (AIPA-41), Ngan expressed her belief that
with the determination and strong will, ASEAN people will push back the pandemic,
restore socio-economic activities to achieve the ASEAN Vision 2025.
TheAIPA highly evaluated the grouping’s common efforts to effectively cope with
unprecedented challenges caused by COVID-19, pledged to continue partnering with
ASEAN governments to combat the pandemic, improve the national capacity of
contingency response to ensure people’s lives and safety, thus maintaining
stability for regional development, she said.
Ngan said leaders of the ASEAN parliaments highly valued the theme of ASEAN Year
2020 “Cohesive and Responsive” that suits its desire to build ASEAN into a common home
of independent, dynamic, united and developed nations in Southeast Asia so that the ASEAN will raise increasingly important voices in the evolving architecture in the
region and the world.
She added that the AIPA wants to conduct more exchanges with ASEAN at all levels to
raise public awareness of the bloc and harmonise laws in the grouping
and make new progress for the common goal of building the ASEAN Community.
On the political-security front, Ngan said the AIPA needs to continue
strengthening cooperation to ensure transparency, openness and law-based approach. The AIPA parliaments highlight the importance of peace, stability, security,
maritime and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea, as well as the promotion
of trust building.
The top legislator highlighted the need to exercise self-restraint, prevent
acts that could complicate the situation, settle disputes via peaceful measures in
line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on
the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). She suggested enhancing practical coordination between the AIPA and ASEAN, upholding partnership in regional connectivity and improving
the capacity of ASEAN countries in coping with non-traditional security issues.
In order to build an inclusive and self-resilient ASEAN Economic Community, she
said the AIPA members commit to working closely together to build policies for
circular economic development, renewable energy, innovation, thus adapting to the fourth industrial revolution.
According to the Chairwoman, they will prioritise efforts to soon sign the Regional
Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), promote sustainable development in the ASEAN Community, continue expanding the ASEAN Smart Cities Network and reinforcing
public health system.
In the immediate future, she suggested that the ASEAN should focus on economic
recovery following COVID-19, opening trade and investment markets, connect with global supply chains, ensure food security, improve access to medicines and
medical equipment at reasonable prices, boost the development of industries
with intellectuals and digital economy, contributing to enhancing resilience of
regional and global economies in the face of pandemics.
About socio-culture, Ngan said the AIPA encourages the improvement of the role of
women, children and the elderly in carrying out socio-economic development
policies, hails ASEAN efforts to promote gender equality and women
empowerment in 2020.
The leader called on the AIPA members to raise their sense of responsibility for
coordinating with ASEAN governments to deliver on commitments in important
areas, including human resources and sustainable development, and plastic waste
She suggested promptly issuing policies on education, unemployment, public
health system, including improving access to vaccines and necessities for
vulnerable groups and those hit by COVID-19, helping to strengthen regional resilience.
The NA Chairwoman urged enhancing the involvement of AIPA young
parliamentarians, towards the establishment of AIPA Young Parliamentarians’
Forum and exchanging with ASEAN Youth Forum.
The AIPA calls on ASEAN member states to further strengthen the spirit of
friendship, cooperation, responsibility and respect of diversity in the bloc
while expanding sustainable tourism development.
In order to build a more prosperous, sustainable, cohesive and responsive community, the AIPA and ASEAN need to deepen their partnership. With the common determination and mutual trust, the ASEAN will weather every difficulty and enter a new
path for bright development, she said./.