Vietnam Hosts 14th Meeting of AIPA Caucus

Parliamentarians from the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) recently gathered in the city of Phu Quoc, Vietnam from July 9 to 12 to update one another on the progress being made to fulfill resolutions passed at their previous meetings.

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14th Meeting of AIPA CAUCUS Held in Vietnan
Standing Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Tran Thanh Man speaks at the event. Photo: VNA

The 14th meeting of the AIPA Caucus 14 themed “Promoting innovation, transfer, application, and development of science and technology for sustainable growth and development” kicked off in Phu Quoc city of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang on July 10, VNA reported.

Politburo member, Standing Vice Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Tran Thanh Man attended and delivered the opening speech.

Attending the opening session were member of the Party Central Committee, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee Vu Hai Ha; member of the Party Central Committee, Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, head of the Delegation of the National Assembly of Kien Giang Province Do Thanh Binh; AIPA Secretary General Siti Rozaimeriyanty Dato Haji Abdul Rahman.

The conference was attended by more than 80 national and international delegates from AIPA member Parliamentary Delegations; AIPA Secretariat; ASEAN Secretariat; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), People’s Committee and Delegation of the National Assembly of Kien Giang province.

14th Meeting of AIPA CAUCUS Held in Vietnan
The 14th meeting of AIPA Caucus 14 opens on July 10 in Kien Giang. Photo: VNA

Addressing the opening ceremony, Standing Vice Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Tran Thanh Man said the meeting demonstrates the responsibility and proactive stance of AIPA (ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly) in addressing regional challenges in the new context, in line with the global trends and conditions of each country.

Developing science and technology and promoting innovation is a core and pervasive orientation in the ongoing industrial revolution, he stressed.

The two-day event offers a chance to review the implementation of resolutions adopted at the 43rd General Assembly of AIPA (AIPA-43), he said.

He proposed that delegates from the AIPA’s member parliaments, with practical experiences from their respective countries, engage in frank and open discussions and share experience related to common concerns of AIPA/ASEAN, and topics discussed at the meeting.

14th Meeting of AIPA CAUCUS Held in Vietnan
The 14th meeting of AIPA Caucus 14 opens on July 10 in Kien Giang. Photo: VNA

The hosting of the 14th AIPA Caucus by the Vietnamese NA is a practical activity to implement the Party and State’s foreign policy on strengthening multilateral diplomacy by 2030 and promoting the role and position of the legislative body in regional and global inter-parliamentary cooperation mechanisms, especially within AIPA, thus asserting Vietnam’s active, responsible, and proactive participation in AIPA.

Hannah Nguyen