NA Chairwoman meets with EP Vice President in Hanoi
Updated : Tuesday, January 08, 2019 9:40 AM (GMT+0700)

National Assembly (NA)Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hosted a reception in Hanoi on January 7 forVice President of the European Parliament (EP) Heidi Hautala.

Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) meets with Vice
President of the European Parliament Heidi Hautala in Hanoi - Photo: VNA

The Vietnamese top legislator thanked Hautala for herpositive contributions to promoting the Vietnam-European Union (EU)relationship, as well as the partnership between the Vietnamese NA and the EP.

She noted that the relationship between Vietnam and the EUhas been growing in all fields, especially trade and investment.

The EU is now the fourth largest trade partner and the secondbiggest export market of Vietnam, as well as the fifth largest investor in theSoutheast Asian country, Ngan said.

The NA leader briefed her guest on Vietnam’s socio-economicperformances in 2018, including GDP growth of 7.08 percent. The Vietnamese NAratified the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-PacificPartnership (CPTPP) last year, creating an important foundation for Vietnam tocontinue its intensive international integration and a new momentum fornational development, she stressed.

For her part, Hautala said that during her visit, she hadworked with leaders of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development andother relevant agencies on the implementation of the Voluntary PartnershipAgreement on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance, and Trade (VPA/FLEGT) betweenthe EU and Vietnam. 

The two sides agreed on specific contents to be conducted inthe coming time, she said, adding that the EP is working to ensure the promptrealisation of the deal.

Stressing that Vietnam is an important import-export partnerof the EU, Hautala said that the EU has paid great attention to sustainabilityand product origin, which is included in the VPA/FLEGT.

The EP Vice President noted that in 2018, the NA of Vietnamactively coordinated with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) to holdactivities related to the UN sustainable development goals and the role of theparliament in reaching the goals through the application of a self-evaluationtool.

Together with bilateral cooperation mechanisms, the EP wantsto set up collaboration mechanisms with other ASEAN countries’ parliaments,said Hautala. 

Ngan showed her support for the idea, pledging that Vietnamis willing to assist in the formation of such mechanisms.

The Vietnamese NA leader expressed her hope that the EP willsoon ratify the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), vowing that Vietnam iswilling to listen to the opinions of European economic policymakers andenterprises for the effective implementation of the deal, which, she said willcreate close connections between the EU and the regions of Southeast Asia andthe Asia-Pacific.

The Vietnamese NA is working to complete the legal corridorto improve the investment and business environment, thus ensuring the stable,long-term, and effective operation of foreign investors, including those fromEurope, she said.

The NA will work with the Government to institutionalise theregulations of the EVFTA, asking the latter to submit its final report for theconsideration of the agreement’s approval, Ngan said.

The top legislator affirmed that as a responsible and activemember of many multilateral cooperation forums and many new generation freetrade agreements, Vietnam will strictly implement its commitments in line withregulations stipulated in these mechanisms.

In order to institutionalize and effectively carry out theVPA/FLEGT, which Vietnam signed in October 2018, Vietnam will soon build adecree to control the import of wood, as well as regulations related toVietnam's timber legality assurance system (VNTLAS) she said.

The Vietnamese NA leader expressed her hope that Vietnam andthe EU will soon approve the VPA/FLEGT to facilitate wood and wooden furnituretrading between the two sides and contribute to hastening the approval of theEVFTA.

Source: VNA 

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