Preparations for the 132nd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) scheduled for next March in Hanoi are underway with good progress, the State Steering Board for IPU-132 said at its second meeting in Hanoi on July 29.

The theme for the IPU-132 has been approved at the March meeting of the IPU General Assembly, which will focus on Parliament’s role in water use and management.

The event is expected to gather over 1,300 delegates from 160 countries worldwide.

Chairing the meeting, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung who also heads the steering board emphasised the importance of the IPU-132 in the country’s external activities. He said the steering board should use the event as an opportunity to promote the image of the Vietnamese nation to the international community.-VNA