Vietnam National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and Brunei Legislative Council Speaker Abdul Rahman Taib had an online conversation on Wednesday. The two leaders agreed to strengthen exchanges and contact at all levels and channels in a flexible manner; well prepared activities towards the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries on September 29, 2022.
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue suggested effectively carrying out bilateral cooperation mechanisms and better tapping bilateral cooperation potential, towards achieving two-way trade of 500 million USD.
He also proposed that Brunei support Vietnamese businesses in obtaining Halal food certificates in order to export their products to the Brunei market.
The NA Chairman congratulated the Legislative Council of Brunei on assuming the role of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) President and affirmed that the National Assembly of Vietnam supports and is willing to work closely with the Legislative Council of Brunei to make its ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2021 and the AIPA 42 Presidency a success.
The Brunei Speaker welcomed Mr. Hue’s proposals, saying these issues will be concretized during Brunei’s ASEAN Chairmanship and AIPA Presidency this year. He also congratulated Vietnam on successfully hosting the ASEAN Year and the AIPA 41 General Assembly in 2020.
He said during its ASEAN Chairmanship this year Brunei focuses on strengthening intra-regional cooperation, including cooperation between national parliaments and digital inclusion in the ASEAN Community. He stressed the need to promote ASEAN’s solidarity and centrality, rule of law, and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, towards building a substantive and effective Code of Conduct in the East Sea.
With regard to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, both leaders voiced their support for a fair and equal distribution of vaccines among countries.