National Assembly Chairwoman (NA) Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan is due to attend the 138th Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU-138) and related meetings in Geneva, Switzerland, from March 24-25 and pay an official visit to the Netherlands from March 26-28, the NA’s Committee for External Affairs announced on March 20.
Chairwoman Ngan’s attendance at the 138th IPU Assembly is made at the invitation of IPU President Gabriela Cuevas Barron and her trip to the Netherland is made at the invitation of Speaker of the House of Representatives Khadija Arib.
Since Vietnam joined the IPU in April 1979, its active participation has been acknowledged and appreciated by other members. Over the years, relations between the Vietnamese National Assembly and other parliaments have seen positive developments.
Vietnam was designated as IPU Vice President in 2009 and it made positive contributions to the forum,.In October 2007 at the 117th IPU Assembly also in Geneva, Switzerland, Vietnam’s NA was elected to the IPU Executive Committee - the forum’s highest body - for the first time.
Regarding relations between Vietnam and the Netherlands, both nations officially established diplomatic relations on April 9, 1973.
The Netherlands was the largest trade partner of Vietnam in the EU with bilateral trade hitting US$2.9 billion in the first five months last year. The Netherlands was also the biggest European investor in Vietnam with 287 valid projects totally capitalized at US$7.7 billion up to May 2017.VOV