APPF-26 a great success: APPF Representative Honorary President
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APPF-26 a great success: APPF Representative Honorary President

Economy, Vietnam, Vietnam Finance News

Hanoi,  (VNA) – Thanks to a very strong leadership of Vietnam’s National
Assembly and Government and all involved parties, the APPF-26 is a great
success, said Takuji Yanagimoto, Head of Japanese Delegation to APPF-26 and
Representative Honorary President of APPF.

He
made the comment at the press conference after the closing of the 26th annual
meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26) on January 20.

“This
APPF meeting was very important in the sense of the Hanoi Declaration proposed
by Vietnam was adopted. We had adopted declarations in the past, like Vancouver
Declaration and New Tokyo Declaration. Just like those declarations, this Hanoi
Declaration has clearly defined the challenges the parliamentarians must
address and showed very clearly the future of actions of APPF,” said Takuji
Yanagimoto.

He
also lauded the significance of the adoption of the new APPF rules that made
the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians an APPF permanent event, referring to it
as a historical moment of the APPF.

“I
am very happy that this change of rules was adopted here in Hanoi on the 25th
anniversary of the APPF, a milestone year,” he added.

Talking
to reporters at the conference, Chairwoman of the Vietnam National Assembly
Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan highlighted three successful outcomes of the APPF-26.

She
said the meeting saw high consensus from all APPF member countries and the
participation of seven president-led and ten vice president-led delegations,
observers from Brunei, and IPU and AIPA senior officials and Moroccan
parliamentarians as guests.

The
second success was the adoption of the Hanoi Declaration on ‘A new vision for
Asia – Pacific Parliamentary Partnership’, Ngan stressed, noting that the
document is a very significant statement, along with 14 resolutions, which were
unanimously passed by all participating delegations.

The
annual meeting also succeeded in adopting the amendment to the APPF Rules of Procedure
that enables the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians to become an APPF permanent
feature, the top Vietnamese legislator said.

It
could happen because of great efforts of all member states, not only Vietnam,
she said, adding that Vietnam has a very clear attitude about gender equality
and has worked to promote gender equality.

Only
three meetings of women parliamentarians were held during the 25-year history
of the APPF, first in Canada in 2016, second in Fiji last year, and third in
Vietnam this year.

The
APPF-26 runs between January 18 and 21, featuring four plenary sessions on the topics of politics-security,
economy-trade, regional cooperation in Asia-Pacific, and the future of APPF ,
and the meeting of women parliamentarians. 

The
meeting adopted the Hanoi Declaration and a Joint Communiqué at the final
plenary session on January 20, along with 14 resolutions. The resolutions dealt
with promoting gender equality, economic growth and free trade, and join
actions on climate change response; supporting micro, small, and medium-sized
enterprises in digital age; parliamentary diplomacy for peace, security and
prosperity in the region and in the world, among other  issues.

Cambodia
was chosen as host of the 27th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary
Forum (APPF-27), which is scheduled for January 2019 in Siem Reap. The Vietnam
National Assembly will hand over the APPF chair position to its Cambodian
counterpart in May 2018.-VNA

QBCA

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