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National Assembly Chairman keen to deepen ties with US

Update: September, 10/2015 - 08:26
National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung meets US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday in Washington, D.C. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam hoped to enhance and deepen its relationship with the United States on a bilateral, regional and global scale, said National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung at a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday in Washington, D.C.

Hung said the two sides had made considerable achievements in trade and business since the normalisation of their relationship 20 years ago, with trade turnover reaching US$40 billion. He added he believed their relations would continue to grow.

For his part, Kerry said he would work to foster co-operation with Viet Nam and work with other countries in the region to cope with climate change, especially rising sea levels.

Kerry also said US would continue to help Viet Nam's NA in its building and amendment of laws in compliance with the 2013 Constitution and in post-war activities such as clearing minefields and supporting Agent Orange victims.

The two sides agreed their co-operation should focus on maintaining peace and stability in the East Sea for the benefit of the region and the world.

Hung and Kerry also agreed that both sides needed to work together to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

On the same day, Hung met with Michael Poman, United States Trade Representative.

The NA leader said he was aware of the need to adjust legislation in compliance with the guidelines set out by the TPP.

Porman appreciated Viet Nam's dedication to the free trade deal, and said it would benefit all countries involved.

World Bank support

On September 8, NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung met with World Bank (WB) President Jim Yong Kim, where he said Viet Nam wished to receive additional support from the WB to finalise its market economy policies.

The legislator called on the bank to increase preferential loans for Viet Nam, especially those in service of sustainable development, infrastructure upgrades and poverty reduction.

As one of the countries most affected by climate change, Viet Nam suggested the bank assist the nation cope with this phenomenon, he said.

Both hailed the co-operation between Viet Nam and the WB, saying many WB-funded projects in the country have proven effective and contributed to the country's economic growth.

During the Doi Moi (reform) process, Viet Nam received the bank's support in training, expertise sharing, building financial policies and implementing the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on community-based poverty reduction, they said.

President Jim Yong Kim valued Viet Nam's socio-economic achievements, particularly those in realising sustainable development goals (SDGs).

The WB aims to back development in nations, including Viet Nam, he stressed, adding that the bank will consider assisting the country in combating climate change.

The same day, Hung attended a WB-organised seminar on the Vietnamese legislature's increasingly important role in national development.

In his remarks, the legislator said Viet Nam had made great strides in development, from urban to rural areas and in all socio-economic sectors.

The country had realised the MDGs, he said, stressing the substantial support of the WB during this process.

The Vietnamese legislature has affirmed its role as the highest State power body and the highest representative body of the people, striving to improve the quality of State management, accelerate sustainable development and improve local living standards, the NA Chairman noted.

He used the occasion to discuss Viet Nam's Constitution which advocates for a socialist-oriented market economy, social welfare, human rights and citizens' freedom and democracy.

Keeping peace, ensuring national security, protecting the nation's sovereignty and coping with climate change remain Viet Nam's biggest concerns, the top legislator said, adding that the last is critical to the country's effective implementation of the SDGs.

Prior to attending other events at the WB headquarters, NA Chairman Hung and his entourage visited monuments dedicated to Abraham Lincoln, the US's 16th President, and Martin Luther King, a US civil rights activist. — VNS

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