Viet Nam, Singapore parliaments increase partnership

Update: April, 03/2015 - 08:38
National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and his Singaporean counterpart Halima Yacob . — VNS Photos

HA NOI (VNS) — National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung and his Singaporean counterpart Halima Yacob agreed to strengthen parliamentary cooperation at regional and international inter-parliamentary forums during their talks in Ha Noi on April 2.

The Singaporean top legislator congratulated Viet Nam on successfully hosting the 132 nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU-132), held in Hanoi from March 28 to April 1.

She added that the Singapore parliament continually supports and is willing to partner with the Vietnamese National Assembly and people across sectors to increase mutual understanding.

For his part, Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung sent his deep condolences to Singapore over the death of founding Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, saying Vietnamese people remember his sentiment and valuable assistance to Vietnam during its national construction and development.

He highlighted the long-standing friendship and comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and Singapore 40 years after establishing their diplomatic ties, which, he said, have been developing across five pillars of the bilateral strategic partnership.

The NA leader confirmed that Vietnam will do its utmost to drive relations with Singapore forward in an effective and sustainable fashion and in line with the aspirations of the two countries' people.

The Vietnamese NA, in particular, wants to increase cooperative activities with Singapore's parliament in law-making, he noted.

He suggested both nations maintain high-level delegation exchanges and bolster affiliation in culture, trade, security and defence while facilitating Singaporean investment in Viet Nam to increase trade above the current 9.8 billion USD.

He welcomed Singapore to expand its investment in Vietnamese industrial parks and asked the island country to assist Viet Nam in education-training and tourism – two Singaporean strengths.

The top lawmaker proposed Singapore continue to support ASEAN member countries, including Viet Nam, to maintain and ensure security and safety in the East Sea, effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and work towards the formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Yacob revealed Singapore plans to grant additional scholarships to Vietnamese students and expand training courses for Vietnamese State employees.

Regarding marine security in the region, she suggested the involved parties seek peaceful measures to address any disputes and pointed to COC for guidance.

Leaders welcome Singapore speaker

President Truong Tan Sang receives Speaker of the Singapore Parliament Halima Yacob in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hosted separate receptions for Speaker of the Singapore Parliament Halima Yacob in Ha Noi yesterday.

The two leaders sent their deepest condolences to Singapore over the death of former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew – a friend of Viet Nam, who shared valuable experience in managing the country.

Sang expressed his pleasure at the growing ties between Viet Nam and Singapore, highlighted by elevating their relations to a strategic partnership.

He said Viet Nam treasured its co-operation with Singapore, which is playing an important role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

He suggested the two sides increase high-level delegation exchanges, especially among parliamentarians.

Singapore's top legislator highlighted the sound political and economic relations between the two countries in anticipation of the formation of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

She said the 500-million strong ASEAN market would be a strong base for co-operation between countries in the region.

She noted that Singapore was currently the third biggest investor in Viet Nam, with a total investment of around US$32 billion across five industrial parks.

Private Singaporean businesses were looking forward to opening two additional industrial parks in the country, she said.

She added that the Singapore People's Association had established co-operative ties with the Viet Nam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, creating a foundation for the expansion of people-to-people exchanges.

She congratulated Viet Nam on successfully hosting the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, which helped increase Viet Nam's position in the global arena.

While meeting with PM Dung, the Singaporean lawmaker suggested the two countries promote the implementation of signed co-operation agreements and build new collaboration programmes.

She pledged to make more contributions to propelling bilateral relations forwards, especially in economics, trade, investment, education and training, and the construction of industrial parks in Viet Nam.

Dung asked Singapore to accelerate the construction of the Viet Nam-Singapore Industrial Park (VSIP) 6 in Nghe An Province and the VSIP 7 in Hai Duong Province. — VNS