National Assembly Chairwoman hosts Myanmar State Counsellor
Updated : Saturday, April 21, 2018 10:37 AM (GMT+0700)

Theparliaments of Myanmar and Vietnam should enhance cooperation and increase thesharing of legislative experience, particularly in improving capacity forfemale legislators, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi told NationalAssembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) and Myanmar State Counsellor 
Aung San Suu Kyi - Source: VNA

NA Chairwoman Ngan hosted areception for the Myanmar leader in Hanoi on April 20 during which she laudedthe increasingly important role of women in Vietnam and the world at large,adding that women have become more equal to men, many of them becameprestigious national leaders like Aung Sann Suu Kyi. 

The top lawmaker expressedher hope that, with her ability to inspire and motivate others, the StateCounsellor will help Myanmar develop peacefully and stably, and gain greaterachievements in the time ahead.

The NA leader highly spokeof the strong progress of the bilateral relations in recent years and affirmedthat Vietnam always wants to expand ties with Myanmar in all fields for thebenefit of their people.

Vietnam backs Myanmar’sefforts for socio-economic development and national reconciliation and wishesfor prosperity in Myanmar, Ngan said.

Both leaders were delightedat the recent development of cooperation between the two legislative bodies.The two sides have well implemented their agreement signed in July, 2013 andmaintained regular exchanges of high-level visits since then.

Aung San Suu Kyi said, inher position, she always supports the enhancement of cooperation between thetwo parliaments as they are very important bodies that represent the people’s voiceand are at the forefront of national reforms.

She informed Chairwoman Nganon the results of her talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in which thetwo sides discussed directions for bilateral cooperation, including measures toencourage Myanmar investors to do business in Vietnam and vice versa, and waysto achieve higher two-way trade value.

The State Counsellor saidshe was impressed to learn that Vietnamese ministries have cut more than 600business and investment conditions and she hopes the Vietnamese NA, governmentand ministries will share experience with Myanmar in this area.

Chairwoman Ngan noted thatVietnam is pushing for vigorous reforms in public administrative procedureswith the focus on taxation, trade and customs to create favourable conditionsfor businesses. 

The country has been workingto make its business climate into Top 4 in ASEAN, she said, adding that the NAof Vietnam has worked with the Government to review the laws and makeamendments to those that cause legal barriers to enterprises.

Ngan went on to say that asMyanmar is a potential market where Vietnamese firms want to make long-terminvestment, she hopes the State Counsellor will pay attention to facilitatingVietnamese businesses in Myanmar.

Myanmar State CounsellorAung San Suu Kyi, who is also Myanmar’s Minister of Foreign Affairs andMinister of the President’s Office, paid her first official visit to Vietnamfrom April 19-20 at the invitation of PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Her visit takesplace in a context of increased political trust and cooperation between the twonations.

Vietnam and Myanmar haveshared a sound traditional friendship. Myanmar was one of the first SoutheastAsian countries to set up diplomatic relations with Vietnam in 1975 andwhole-heartedly supported Vietnam during the struggle for national independenceand reunification.

The two countries elevatedtheir bilateral ties to a comprehensive cooperative partnership during a Statevisit to Myanmar by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam NguyenPhu Trong in August 2017. 

Bilateral trade reached828.3 million USD in 2017, up 51 percent from 2016. Vietnam has become the 7thbiggest foreign investor in Myanmar with 70 projects, worth nearly 2 billionUSD.


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