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Vietnam is eager Vietnam willing to join efforts to improve ASEAN’s roleto make practical and effective contributions to increasing the role of AIPA in establishing a peaceful, secure, cooperative, developed and prosperous ASEAN Community.

Vice Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Tong Thi Phong made the statement on September 18 at the first plenary session of the ongoing 33rd General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in Lombok, Indonesia.

Phong said AIPA 33 took place in the context of various challenges currently confronting the global economy.

There are not many positive signs of economic recovery, she said, adding that some regions are now facing complex security and political situations that are threatening peace, stability, development, and prosperity within the region and across the world.

She said Vietnam will join hands with other ASEAN member nations to establish a strong and united ASEAN community by 2015 through promoting cooperation and building mutual trust within the bloc, as well as between ASEAN and its partners, for the sake of peace and development.

Vietnam will work closely with other ASEAN nations to deal with traditional and nontraditional challenges such as the regional development gap, climate change, and natural disasters. Phong went on to say that the country will aim to ensure food and energy security, gender equality, and women’s and children’s rights; and also strive to prevent epidemics, transnational crime, drug trafficking, and international terrorism.

She voiced Vietnam’s support for ASEAN’s efforts to expand its relationships with partners and uphold its centrality in shaping the East Asia regional architecture.

She described the assembly’s agenda as practical, as it seeks ways to deal with security challenges, including ongoing East Sea issues, and promote ASEAN’s socio-economic targets such as boosting green economies, creating a harmonious legal framework for small- and medium-sized enterprises, coping with the impact of climate change, and increasing the effectiveness of AIPA activities.

Phong also called on AIPA to help consolidate solidarity in dealing with challenges and cooperation between the governments of ASEAN member nations.

She suggested that the Assembly improve the effectiveness of dialogues such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), ASEAN+1, ASEAN+3, the East Asia Summit, and the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting Plus (ADMM+), as well as other tools to ensure peace and security in the region including the Treaty of Amity and Cooperation in Southeast Asia (TAC), the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) toward the building of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

On the same day, Vice Chairwoman Phong paid a courtesy visit to Marzuki Alie, Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives.


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