The Vietnamese delgation attends the APPF-29 via videoconference (Photo: VNA)
– The National
Assembly (NA) of Vietnam was selected to join the Executive Committee of the
Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) in the next four-year term at the final
plenum of the forum’s 29th annual meeting (APPF-29) on December 15
Aside from the Vietnamese parliament, those
of Japan and New Zealand were also approved to be members of the Executive Committee for the
new term, which will last from the APPF-30 to the APPF-33.
At the plenum, the meeting adopted a
joint communiqué showing the member parliaments’ determination to enhance
multilateral parliamentary cooperation and boost solidarity for post-pandemic
They also welcomed the Legislative
Council of Brunei, from an observer, becoming a member of the APPF. Meanwhile,
the parliament of the Republic of Korea handed over the APPF chairmanship to the Thai
counterpart, which is scheduled to host the APPF-30 in 2022.
Earlier the same day, the member
parliaments discussed the Asia-Pacific cooperation at the third plenary
They stressed that the region and the
world are facing unprecedented challenges which have severely affected
socio-economic development. They pointed out the need to strengthen
parliamentary cooperation among the APPF members to cope with these issues and
work towards sustainable development.
Le Thu Ha, standing member of the NA’s
Committee for External Relations, said the parliament of Vietnam, a country
highly vulnerable to climate change, has approved many legal documents creating
the legal basis for efforts against this global phenomenon, enhanced ties with
other legislatures, and coordinated with international organisations.
Attending the APPF-29, the Vietnamese NA
delegation contributed many important ideas to the meeting, and the opinions
were reflected in the event’s joint communiqué./.