National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (Source: VNA) 
 
Saint Petersburg (VNA) – A Vietnamese National Assembly delegation led by Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan arrived in Saint Petersburg, Russia on October 14 to attend the 137th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-137) and related meetings. 

Vietnam’s attendance at the event affirms its active and proactive participation in multilateral parliamentary diplomatic activities, continues to uphold Vietnamese legislature’s role and position at the IPU, contributing to promoting common State diplomatic efforts for national and regional interests.

The event will afford Vietnam a chance to learn about operating experience of parliaments worldwide and improve operations of Vietnamese law-making body.

In April 1979, Vietnam became a member of the IPU. Since then, the country has been an active member of the forum, which has been acknowledged by other countries. Through the IPU forum, relations between the Vietnamese National Assembly and other parliaments have been established and intensified.

In October 2007 at the 117th IPU Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, Vietnam's NA was elected to the IPU Executive Committee - the forum’s highest body - for the first time.

Vietnam was designated as IPU Vice President in 2009. In this role, Vietnam made effective contributions to the IPU’s activities, optimising international support for Vietnam and its legislature.

Notably, in April 2015, Vietnam hosted the 132nd IPU Assembly with the Hanoi Declaration adopted, contributing to devising the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

In October 2016 at the 135th IPU Assembly in Switzerland, Chairman of the NA Committee for External Affairs Nguyen Van Giau was elected to the IPU Executive Committee for 2016-2019.-VNA