From September 5-11, Hue is leading a high-ranking delegation of the Vietnamese N.A. to attend the fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament (WCSP) in Austria, and pay a working trip to the European Parliament and Belgium, and official visit to Finland.

In his article published by the daily Agenzia Stampa Italia, Andrea Fais said the N.A. Chairman’s visit marks Vietnam’s first high-level external activity with the European Union following the 13th National Party Congress and the election of deputies to the 15th N.A., and one year since the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) took effect.

N.A. Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue speaks at the Vietnam - Austria Business Forum.

The author wrote that E.U. leaders now consider Vietnam a leading partner in Southeast Asia and a bridge between the E.U. and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The E.U. is also assisting Vietnam in expanding ties with other powers and international organizations.

Bilateral economic and trade ties have grown substantially, thus laying a foundation to promote collaboration in other strategic areas on the mutually beneficial basis, he wrote.

In sustainable development, the article said the E.U. needs to facilitate the transfer of green technology to Vietnam, a field in which Italy has advantages. The E.U. also needs to expand official development assistance to clean energy development and environment improvement projects in Vietnam’s mountainous and rural areas.

The article also delved into bilateral cooperation in the COVID-19 fight and health care between the E.U. and Vietnam. Via the COVAX Facility, the E.U. has provided 2.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the country, demonstrating its commitments to Vietnam within the framework of the E.U.-Vietnam Framework Participation Agreement in crisis management.

Meanwhile, on Austria’s Die Meinung paper, author Khaled wrote the top Vietnamese legislator’s visit reflects Vietnam’s good will and wish to contribute to ensuring peace, enhancing multilateral cooperation and fulfilling sustainable development goals.

The article highlighted Vietnam’s stance on treasuring and promoting multilateral cooperation mechanisms to cope with global challenges at present.

According to the author, apart from discussions on multilateralism and peacekeeping, the fifth WCSP also focused on gender equality, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, inter-parliamentary cooperation and improving people’s lives in the world.

In Europe, websites of the Vietnamese communities in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Italy also regularly updated activities of the Vietnamese N.A. Chairman and the delegation during the visit.

Source: VNA