TOKYO — A delegation of the Vietnamese National Assembly, led by National Assembly Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong, is attending the 20th annual meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-20), that kicked off in Tokyo yesterday.
Attending the four-day forum are parliamentarians from 27 APPF countries.
At the meeting's opening, Speaker of Japan's House of Representatives Takahiro Yokomichi, who is also APPF-20 president, said that over the past two decades the Asia-Pacific region had had to face a wide range of difficulties such as the financial crisis in Asia during 1990s, the global financial crisis in 2008, changes in the international security system after the Cold War, the fight against terrorism and large-scale natural disasters.
Yokomichi called on the APPF to continue working together to further develop the Asia-Pacific region.
The delegates will discuss measures to foster regional co-operation in such areas as natural disasters, the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals and nuclear safety.
Other issues regarding regional and international political, economic and security situations, as well as Japan's proposals for changes in APPF-20's procedures, will also be put on the table.
Delegates are expected to adopt the Tokyo Joint Declaration, which outlines the region's orientation for the future.
The APPF was established in March, 1993. — VNS