AIPA Secretary-General Nguyen Tuong Van (L) grants an
interview to a Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Jakarta
The dialogue will take place within the framework of
the 36th ASEAN Summit.
Talking to the Vietnam News Agency, AIPA
Secretary-General Nguyen Tuong Van noted that the annual dialogue, first
held in 2009, demonstrates ASEAN and AIPA leaders’ pledge to strengthen
cooperation between the bloc’s executive and legislative bodies in resolving
common issues of concern in the region.
She said that, at the upcoming event, ASEAN Chair
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, AIPA Chair National Assembly (NA)
Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, and leaders from other ASEAN governments and
parliaments will confirm their commitment to continuing to enhance the
bloc’s solidarity and unanimity, highlight ASEAN’s centrality, and further
strengthen its relations with partners to jointly deal with COVID-19 and
other increasingly fierce challenges, including strategic competition among
superpowers along with traditional and non-traditional security issues in
The AIPA Chair is expected to emphasise its
readiness to stand side-by-side with ASEAN in building a sustainable
community that is peaceful, stable, based on law, and united, and that
centres on people for common development.
During that process, AIPA and member parliaments
have been contributing to the building of an “ASEAN common house”, promoting
legal harmonisation, and increasing supervision over the implementation of
commitments, ASEAN Community blueprints, and the bloc’s cooperation
policies, according to Van.
She also said that Vietnam’s concurrent roles as
ASEAN Chair, Chair of the 41st AIPA General Assembly, and non-permanent
member of the UN Security Council confirm the country’s growing stature in
the region and the world.
Aside from the opportunities, the increasingly
fierce challenges facing the ASEAN Community also put great pressure on the
host Vietnam, she added.
Taking COVID-19 as an example, Van noted that, as
AIPA Chair, the Vietnamese NA took timely and active measures to join hands
with other member parliaments to cope with its spread.
Chairwoman Ngan sent a letter to AIPA members
calling for joint efforts to fight the pandemic. The NA also chaired and
took part in online regional meetings to discuss response measures and share
experience via phone talks, and provided some AIPA members and other
countries with medical supplies.
With the support of the International Conservation
Caucus Foundation, the NA recently hosted an online meeting with AIPA
parliamentarians to look into the illegal wildlife trade, its connections
with COVID-19, and ways to prevent future pandemics.
Van said Vietnam’s successes in pandemic control and
economic recovery in the year it serves as Chair of both ASEAN and AIPA have
been recognised by the international community and ASEAN countries./.