NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue arrives in Manila
VGP - National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue arrived in Manila on Wednesday morning, starting a three-day official visit to the Philippines at the invitation of President of the Philippine Senate Juan Miguel Zubiri.
This visit is made shortly after he concluded his trip to Cambodia for an official visit and the participation in the 43rd General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-43) from November 19-22.
NA Chairman Vuong is one of the first foreign parliamentary leaders to visit the Philippines after the country successfully held general elections in May and its House of Representatives and Senate elected their new leaders in July.
Along with the promotion of cooperation between the two legislative bodies, during this visit, the two countries’ high-level leaders are expected to exchange views on how to foster bilateral relations in various fields, and deepen the Vietnam-Philippines Strategic Partnership.
The visit's agenda is also set to review and promote the making of laws and policies to make them a lever for economic cooperation.
A trade and investment forum will take place on this occasion.
The Vietnamese top legislator is accompanied by NA Deputy Chairman Nguyen Khac Dinh, Chairman of the National Assembly Office Bui Van Cuong, Ministers of Agriculture and Rural Development Le Minh Hoan, Minister of Construction Nguyen Thanh Nghi, Deputy Minister of National Defence Vu Hai San, Secretary of the Phu Yen provincial Party Committee Pham Dai Duong and Secretary of the Dak Nong provincial Party Committee Ngo Thanh Danh.
Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines Hoang Huy Chung was quoted as saying that the COVID-19 pandemic has deterred the parliaments of Viet Nam and the Philippines from organising mutual visits over the last two years as well as the signing of any cooperation agreement.
However, bilateral meetings have still been maintained on the sidelines of international and regional inter-parliamentary conferences.
Chairman Vuong’s official visit will be a significant landmark and boost high-level delegation exchanges after the pandemic, Hoang said, noting that it reflects Viet Nam’s drastic and proactive moves to implement the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralization and diversification of external relations, and readiness to be a friend and trustworthy partner of other countries, with great importance attached to neighboring and ASEAN countries.
Earlier, on November 21, the House of Representatives of the Philippines adopted Resolution 571 with an aim to effectively boost bilateral ties with Viet Nam through the establishment of the Philippine-Viet Nam Parliamentarians’ Friendship Society./.