VN takes over Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum Chair
09:05 | 12/05/2017

VGP – Viet Nam received the Chair of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) in the 2017-2018 tenure from the Republic of Fiji at a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on May 11at a solemn, friendly, and solidarity atmosphere.

VN takes over Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum Chair

The event drew the attendance of Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, President of the Inter- Parliamentary Union (IPU) Saber Chowdhury, IPU General Secretary Martin Chungong, and representatives from parliaments of Asian-Pacific countries.

On behalf of the Viet Nam National Assembly, Permanent NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong received the APPF Chair from Deputy Speaker of the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji Ruveni N. Nadalo.

Mr.  N. Nadalo expressed an honour to hand over the post and the hosting of the 26th annual meeting of APPF in 2018 for the Vietnamese National Assembly.

He highlighted the significance of the forum which had issued a series of resolutions on regional issues such as climate change, natural disaster risk management, peace maintaining, healthcare, education, as well as food security.

The Deputy Speaker was convinced that the Vietnamese NA would successfully host the 26th annual meeting of APPF.

NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong said Viet Nam is proud of receiving the APPF chairmanship and hosting the 26th annual meeting of APPF in 2018, saying that the Vietnamese legislature highly values activities as well as agenda of the forum.

The forum contributed to promoting the friendship and cooperation between regional parliaments, strengthening the dialogue mechanism and exchanges among parliamentarians, and improving the role of parliaments in addressing regional issues, ensuring peace and sustainable development, she stressed. 

She also affirmed Viet Nam’s commitment to focusing and making all-out efforts to successfully hosting the 26th APPF.  

Joining the APPF in 1995, the Vietnamese NA always presents its active role and responsibility in APPF’s activities, especially in 2005 – the year that Viet Nam hosted the 13th annual meeting of the forum. /.

By Kim Loan

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