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Leading lawmaker works with US legislators

Update: June, 29/2012 - 09:39

WASHINGTON — National Assembly vice chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan has returned from a three-day working visit to the US which promoted bilateral co-operation between the legislative bodies of both countries.

During the visit, Ngan and her delegation visited with US Senator John Kerry, the chairman of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, and the chairman of the sub-committee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Senator Jim Webb. She also met with such leading US Senators as John McCain, Richard Lugar and Daniel Inouye.

The senators praised Viet Nam for its determination to continue its renewal process and endeavor to stabilise its economy, control inflation and ensure social welfare. They lauded Viet Nam's 13th National Assembly for recently passing measures on economic restructuring and to increase the effectiveness of its legislative process.

Both sides expressed delight at the rapid development of friendship and multifaceted co-operation between Viet Nam and the US since the two countries normalised relations in 1995.

Ngan also praised the US Senate for recently passing the 2012 Farm Bill with provisions that were favourable to Vietnamese tra fish imports.

She suggested measures to increase the exchange of high-level visits between the two legislative bodies through a regular exchange mechanism, and she vowed to co-operate in the process of gaining US recognition of Viet Nam as a market economy. She hoped Vietnamese imports would be made subject to the generalised system of preferences and that trade barriers against Vietnamese exports to the US would be minimised.

Ngan and her entourage also held sessions with Anthony Blinken, national security advisor to US Vice President Joseph Biden, and with US Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.

US officials voiced their willingness to assist Viet Nam with its economic restructuring, improving the quality of its human resources through the development of a top-quality educational system. They also offered assistance in dealing with climate change and environmental, humanitarian, social and HIV/AIDS issues.

The two sides also discussed a number of international and regional issues of common concern and reached a consensus on working together within international organisations and forums, including the UN, APEC, ASEAN, the Mekong sub-region and ongoing negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

Women's issues

During the visit, Ngan also attended talks on women's roles in society, hosted by the Asia Foundation.

The participants praised Viet Nam for its achievements in gender equality as well as the country's moves to raise the role of women in economic development. They put forward several proposals to increase the exchange of experiences and co-operation in gender equality, particularly within ASEAN, the Mekong sub-region, APEC and the UN.

Ngan also hosted receptions for a number of US groups to discuss ways of promoting trade and investment between the US and Viet Nam. — VNS

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