|In the second discussion, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat highlighted the efforts taken by national governments to ensure food and nutritional security through sustainable development.— VNA/VNS Photo Anh Ngoc
ROME (VNS) — Viet Nam stressed the increasing role of parliaments in forging economic linkages and furthering the process of international integration at the 8th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP-8) Meeting held in Rome on Tuesday.
The meeting focused on what parliaments can do to foster Asia-Europe dialogue, sustainable growth and stronger governance structures.
The Vietnamese delegation to the meeting was led by the Chairman of the National Assembly's Committee for Economic Affairs, Nguyen Van Giau.
It took part in two discussions, one on "economic and financial governance structures" and the other on "sustainable growth and food security".
During the first discussion, Giau spoke of the ongoing economic restructuring processes in many countries including Viet Nam and highlighted the increasing role of legislative bodies in economic and financial management as well as governance.
He said parliaments were becoming more involved in creating economic linkages and furthering integration processes. He called upon ASEP member nations to increase co-operation and the exchange of experiences, and set up dialogue and information sharing mechanisms within and between parliaments to reinvigorate the economic and financial sectors of each country.
In the second discussion, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Cao Duc Phat highlighted the efforts taken by national governments to ensure food and nutritional security through sustainable development.
However, more than a billion people around the globe suffered from starvation and the impact of climate change on food production was growing, he noted.
He shared Viet Nam's experiences in agricultural development over the past three decades and said the nation's major objective now was to improve competitiveness, promote integration and cope with climate change.
Phat said ASEP could play an important role in strengthening co-operation between member states and the international community to promote sustainable agricultural development and food security.
He also asked national parliaments and governments around to pay more attention to these issues, intensify the exchange of expertise and technology transfers, and provide financial support to underdeveloped countries.
In a meeting held on the sidelines of ASEP-8, Phat and Italian Martina agreed to ratify a memorandum of understanding on strengthening bilateral co-operation in agriculture, food safety and hygiene and agricultural trade, as well as science and technology. — VNS