Participants at the event (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – A conference was held in Hanoi on July 23 to provide young National Assembly deputies with necessary knowledge and skills to enhance their capacity in joining external relations and international integration activities.

The event, jointly held by the National Assembly Committee for External Relations, the UK Embassy and the British Council in Vietnam , is among activities that will run until March 2017 for young deputies to learn soft skills shared by UK parliamentarians and specialists.

According to Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Committee for External Relations Vu Hai Ha, 26.5 percent of 494 deputies of the 14th NA are aged under 45, which shows the confidence of voters in young deputies as well as the strong engagement of the youth to the NA’s legislation, supervision and decision of the country’s important issues.

Equipping and enhancing necessary skills for the young deputies are significant to create a firm foundation for them to better perform their role, while encouraging them in actively joining bilateral and multilateral parliamentary diplomatic activities, he said.

Meanwhile, Andrew Holt, Counsellor of the UK Embassy in Hanoi, held that the presence of a large number of young representatives at the NA is a positive signal for Vietnam where over 50 percent of the population are youngsters.

During the conference, former diplomats and NA deputies as well as experts from the British Council also shared their experiences and skills in joining NA’s foreign relations activities, protocol skills and soft skills in the international integration environment.-VNA