|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung meets with Ana Maria Mari Machado, Vice President of the Cuban National Assembly, at the fourth world conference of speakers of parliament in New York on Wednesday. — Photo VNA
NEW YORK (VNS) — National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung suggested Vietnamese and Cuban legislative bodies share information in a bid to increase their co-operation.
At a meeting with Ana Maria Mari Machado, Vice President of the Cuban National Assembly, at the fourth world conference of speakers of parliament in New York on Wednesday (local time), the Vietnamese legislator said there should be regular exchange visits between the two sides national assembly members and agencies.
He asked the two countries' parliamentarians to seek measures to improve their mutual understanding and co-operation between the legislatures.
Hung congratulated the Party, State, National Assembly and people of Cuba on their achievements, including the country's restoration of diplomatic ties with the US.
The Cuban NA Vice President said her country was accelerating economic reform and Cuba was eager to learn from Viet Nam's lessons in socio-economic development as well as national construction.
Hung also met with former US House of Representative member Joseph P. Kennedy and American businesses.
The US businesses voiced their hope that the Vietnamese NA leader would create the best possible conditions for them to invest in Viet Nam, emphasising that economic ties would help bring the countries closer.
Hung said Viet Nam was working to create a transparent legal system, facilitating foreign firms' operation.
Economic and trade ties were a cornerstone and a driving force of bilateral relations, and Viet Nam considers the US its leading partner in this, he said.
The legislator pledged optimal conditions for businesses, while calling on leading US businesses to increase investments in his country.
He suggested that US companies in Viet Nam pay more attention to environmental issues and social responsibility while helping Viet Nam with personnel training, technological improvements and sustainable development.
On the same day, Hung left New York for Boston after attending the 4th world conference of speakers of parliament.
The visit to the US is made at the invitations of President Pro Tempore of the US Senate Patrick Leahy, Speaker of the US House of Representatives John Boehner and US Senator John McCain. — VNS