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41st AIPA General Assembly to be held online in Sept

06:33 | 06/08/2020

The National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, who is also Chair of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA 41), revealed the information while chairing the second meeting of the National Steering Committee and the Organising Committee for AIPA 41 in Hanoi on August 5.

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NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan speaks at the meeting. Photo: VNA

Accordingly, the National Assembly of Vietnam has proposed organising the 41st General Assembly of AIPA 41 in the form of a teleconference at Hanoi’s International Convention Centre on September 8-10, VNA reported.

The decision was made amid concerns about the complex development of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the region and the world, as well as in Vietnam, the host of this year’s meeting.

Ngan noted Vietnam is determined to successfully organise the upcoming AIPA General Assembly to leave a fine impression on international friends.

She highlighted the significance of preparations for the event, from technical infrastructure to content, logistics, and communications work, saying content preparation requires close coordination between relevant agencies in order to find consensus among AIPA member and observer countries.

She asked sub-committees to work closely together to draw up a detailed working agenda close to the major theme of the event, in order to create a high consensus among the parliaments of member states and observers.

It is also important to promote communications before, during and after the AIPA General Assembly, Ngan said.

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AIPA 41 Committees discuss preparations for the event slated for September 2020. Photo: VNA

Following the first meeting of the National Steering Committee and the Organising Committee for AIPA 41 in November last year, the head of the Organising Committee signed a decision establishing the AIPA41 National Secretariat and sub-committees, which have adjusted the organisation of AIPA 41 towards teleconferencing.

In March 2020, NA Chairwoman Ngan, who is also AIPA 41 President, sent a letter to leaders of all AIPA member states and AIPA General Secretary, sharing losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic to the people of ASEAN, according to VOV.

She called on the regional parliaments to uphold the spirit of solidarity and join hands with the Governments in dealing with the pandemic.

The ASEAN Leaders’ Interface with Representatives of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly was also held online within the 36th ASEAN Summit in June.

In June and July, the Vietnamese NA successfully chaired the third meeting of the AIPA Advisory Council on Dangerous Drugs (AIPACODD 3) and the conference on “Parliamentary Partnership on Educational and Cultural Cooperation for Sustainable Development” (AIPAECC). All these events were held virtually.

The global death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 700,000 on August 5, according to a Reuters tally, with the United States, Brazil, India and Mexico leading the rise in fatalities.

Nearly 5,900 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19 on average, according to Reuters calculations based on data from the past two weeks.

That equates to 247 people per hour, or one person every 15 seconds.

Even in parts of the world that had appeared to have curbed the spread of the virus, countries and territories recently seen single-day records in new cases, signaling the battle is far from over. Australia, Vietnam, Japan, Hong Kong (China), Bolivia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Uzbekistan and Israel all recently had record increases in cases.

The Vietnam's health ministry confirmed 41 new cases on August 5 afternoon, bringing the country's total infections to 713, with eight deaths.

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