National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan speaks at the conference (Source: VNA)
– Vietnam has well fulfilled its role as Chair of the ASEAN
Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in 2020 despite serious impacts of the
COVID-19 pandemic and record floods and storms, thus contributing to increasing
the country’s position and prestige in the region and the world, National
Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has said.
Addressing a conference on December 23 to review Vietnam’s
AIPA Chairmanship Year, Ngan stated that right from the beginning of this year
when the COVID-19 shows signs of spreading out, Vietnam proactively made
scenarios for the AIPA Chairmanship Year and consulted member states about
organizing activities in an online format.
Accordingly, the 41st AIPA General Assembly was
held online – the first time in the history of AIPA.
With the leadership and regulation of Vietnam, the AIPA-41
was claimed a success, reflected through the full participation and support of
member parliaments, observers and international parliamentary organisations.
Of note, at the AIPA-41, the AIPA Committee on Political
Matters could convene its meeting, after none was held in the three previous
General Assemblies. This was an important result, Ngan said.
She added that during this General Assembly, Vietnam
initiated the organisation of the AIPA Young Parliamentarians’ Meeting and a conference
on “Parliamentary Partnership on Educational and Cultural Cooperation for
Sustainable Development”, which were supported by all member parliaments.
The contents of the AIPA Chairmanship Year 2020 and the
AIPA-41 have helped the organisation define a strategic vision for the next
5-10 years, affirming the role of parliamentary diplomacy in the region and the
world, contributing to developing the ASEAN Community, Ngan affirmed.
She stressed that over the past 25 years, the Vietnamese
National Assembly has made important contributions to the AIPA, and the success
of the ASEAN Chairmanship Year as well as the AIPA-41 is another contribution
of Vietnam to AIPA’s development.
The top legislator also lauded the support, solidarity,
friendship, cooperation and confidence of international friends for Vietnam.
The organisation of events, especially the AIPA-41, via
videoconference is unprecedented in AIPA’s 43-year history, but Vietnam has
received close collaboration and strong backing from member parliaments as well
as observers and the AIPA Secretariat and General Secretary.
She took the occasion to thank collectives and individuals
for making the AIPA Chairmanship Year and AIPA-41 a success./.