Viet Nam News
SINGAPORE – Việt Nam’s National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân arrived at Changi International Airport yesterday, starting her official visit to Singapore.
NA Chairwoman Ngân was welcomed at the airport by Deputy Speaker of the Singaporean Parliament Lim Biow Chuan, Vietnamese Ambassador to Singapore Nguyễn Tiến Minh and staff of the embassy.
Since the establishment of diplomatic ties on August 1, 1973, the friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and Singapore has progressed effectively on the pillars of politics; economy; national defence-security; education, law, health care, culture-arts-sports; and cooperation at regional and international forums.
As of September 2017, Singapore was the third largest foreign investor among 126 countries and territories investing in Việt Nam, with over 1,917 projects worth more than US$41.5 billion.
Việt Nam poured some $241 million into 65 projects on the island state, placing Singapore 12th place out of 68 countries and territories receiving Vietnamese outbound investments in oil and gas, mining, information technology and services.
Over the past years, the Vietnamese and Singaporean legislatures have maintained the exchange of visits by high-ranking parliament leaders and officials. Apart from discussing law-building and legal supervision, they have contributed to promoting bilateral trade and investment.
The two sides have worked closely together at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA).
They have offered mutual consultations and shared similar stances on the settlement of security and environmental issues in the region.
This is the first visit to Singapore by a top Vietnamese legislator in 14 years, following the previous trip by NA Chairman Nguyễn Văn An in 2003.
The visit is an important diplomatic activity to strengthen the Việt Nam-Singapore strategic partnership, towards celebrating the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties. — VNS