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COVID-19 vaccine access should be added to AIPA-42 agenda

VGP – The 42nd General Assembly of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-42), scheduled to take place in Brunei this August, should discuss how to ensure equitable sharing and access to COVID-19 vaccines.

June 10, 2021 10:00 AM GMT+7

National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue at the online talks with Speaker of the Legislative Council of Brunei Abdul Rahman Taib, Ha Noi, June 9, 2021 - Photo: VGP/Nguyen Hoang

Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue made the suggestion during his online talsk with Speaker of the Legislative Council of Brunei Abdul Rahman Taib on June 9.

The Vietnamese Legislature supports and stands ready to coordinate with Brunei’s Legislative Council in building a harmonious, self-resilient and people-centered ASEAN community, affirmed Vuong.

He called on ASEAN member countries’ parliaments to continue making active and responsible contributions to the AIPA’s work, including ensuring peace and stability, upholding the common principle, values and standards, consolidating solidarity and central role of ASEAN, abiding by law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, working towards the development of a practical and effective Code of Conduct in the East Sea, fostering confidence building and preventive diplomacy, and enhancing response capacity to emergency situations, national disasters, epidemics and non-traditional security threats.

With regard to economic cooperation, AIPA should continue to advocate sustainable growth, implementation of a digitalization strategy, and development of an open, rule-based, and equitable multilateral trading system./.

By Hoang Ha