Hanoi (VNA) – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi
Kim Ngan will lead a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation to attend the
40th General Assembly of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA 40) and pay an
official visit to Thailand from August 25-30.
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (Photo:
The trip will be made at the invitation of Speaker of
the Thai House of Representatives Chuan Leekpai, who is also Chair of AIPA 40.
The high-ranking Vietnamese delegation taking part in AIPA 40 aims to continue
affirming the Vietnamese legislature’s active and responsible participation in
AIPA’s activities and improving Vietnam’s external activities.
The AIPA 40 will take the theme
“Advancing Parliamentary Partnership for Sustainable Community”, during which NA
Chairwoman Ngan will assume the role of AIPA Chair from Speaker Leekpai,
organising the AIPA 41 next year and other activities within the framework of
the AIPA Chair Year.
Vietnam and Thailand established their diplomatic ties
in 1976 and upgraded the relationship to strategic partnership level on the
occasion of the Thailand visit by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in
Both sides effectively carried out the action programme
to realise bilateral strategic partnership for the 2014 – 2018 period and are
working on contents of the action programme for the 2019 – 2024 period.
Thailand is now Vietnam’s largest trade partner in ASEAN
while Vietnam is Thailand’s second largest importer in ASEAN and the seventh
largest globally. Two-way trade hit 17.2 billion USD last year. The two
countries set to bring the two-way trade to 20 billion USD by 2020. Thailand
ranks ninth out of 126 countries and territories investing in Vietnam with 521
valid projects worth 10.38 billion USD. Vietnam now invests in 17 projects worth
29.2 million USD in Thailand.
The two countries are among the most active members of
sub-regional cooperation mechanisms and closely working together in the fields
of labour, culture, sports, tourism and people-to-people exchange.
The number of overseas Vietnamese in Thailand counts
over 100,000, who have made important contributions to socio-economic
development in the host nation.
Ties between the two legislatures are growing with
mutual support at international inter-parliamentary forums such as the
Inter-Parliamentary Union, the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum and the
ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.
Friendship parliamentarians’ groups of the two nations
have facilitated exchanges. During recent meetings, Thai parliamentarians
expressed their interest in promoting bilateral collaboration across rice
export, economic and trade activities, culture-education, and
NA Chairwoman Ngan’s presence at AIPA 40 and visit to
Thailand is to affirm the Vietnamese Party and State’s external policy of active
and proactive integration into the region and the world, further strengthening
Vietnam – Thailand strategic partnership.-VNA