Vietnam Looks to Enhance Parliamentary Collaboration with UAE

A high-ranking official affirmed the importance Vietnam attaches to the friendship and cooperation with the UAE, one of its leading trade, investment and labour partners in the Middle East.

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Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly  Tran Quang Phuong (L) meets Hamad Ahmed Al Rahoumi, First Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council. Photo: VNA
Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Tran Quang Phuong (L) meets Hamad Ahmed Al Rahoumi, First Deputy Speaker of the Federal National Council. Photo: VNA

Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) should intensify cooperation in agriculture and energy which are key fields of the Western Asian country, Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) Tran Quang Phuong recently told Hamad Ahmed Al Rahoumi, First Deputy Speaker of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC).

According to VNA, Phuong congratulated the country on its 51st National Day (December 2), and appreciated its foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, and active participation in the international political life for peace, stability and development.

Delegates pose for a group photo. Photo: daibieunhandan.vn
Delegates pose for a group photo. Photo: daibieunhandan.vn

Welcoming the Vietnamese NA delegation, Al Rahoumi said he believes that the visit will contribute to promoting the bilateral relations, especially as the two countries are preparing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties next year.

He proposed the two sides step up delegation exchanges, exert efforts to bring two-way trade to 10 billion USD, maintain coordination at multilateral parliamentary forums, soon sign a cooperation agreement between the two parliaments, and consider the establishment of a friendship parliamentarians’ group.

Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly  Tran Quang Phuong meets the Director General of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA). Photo: VNA
Vice Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Tran Quang Phuong meets the Director General of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA). Photo: VNA

During his stay, NA Vice Chairman Phuong also met Majed Sultan Al Mesmar, Director General of the Telecommunications and Digital Government Regulatory Authority (TDRA), who affirmed his willingness to share experience with Vietnam in building e-Government through an open mechanism, and suggested the two countries sign a memorandum of understanding to promote cooperation in this field.

Phuong said that Vietnam pays great attention to developing information technology and digital transformation, so as to better the management and administration of the Government, State agencies and the National Assembly to serve production and business activities. businesses and meet the needs of the people.

He expressed his hope that Vietnam and the UAE will intensify the exchange of experience in this field.

Meeting with staff of the Vietnamese Embassy and representatives of the Vietnamese community in the UAE. Photo: VNA
Meeting with staff of the Vietnamese Embassy and representatives of the Vietnamese community in the UAE. Photo: VNA

As part of the working trip to the UAE, the NA Vice Chairman also met with staff of the Vietnamese Embassy and representatives of the Vietnamese community in the host country.

He listened to the ambassador’s report on the situation of the Vietnamese community in the host country, citizen protection work, the embassy’s efforts to contribute to connecting and providing domestic information to the Vietnamese community in the UAE.

The representative of the Vietnamese community in the UAE also shared about the situation of living, studying and working in the host country, at the same time expressed their thoughts and aspirations and made specific recommendations to the NA Vice Chairman.

The UAE is one of Vietnam’s leading economic, trade and investment partners in the Middle East. Two-way trade hit USD 5.3 billion last year, a year-on-year rise of 21%.

Two-way trade between Vietnam and the UAE was estimated at USD 3.3 billion in the first eight months of this year.

Hannah Nguyen