The Chair­per­son of Na­tional Coun­cil meets del­e­ga­tion from the In­sti­tute of Leg­isla­tive Stud­ies, Viet­nam

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A six-mem­ber del­e­ga­tion from the In­sti­tute of Leg­isla­tive Stud­ies, So­cial­ist Re­pub­lic of Viet­nam called on the Chair­per­son of Na­tional Coun­cil Dasho ( Dr) Sonam Kinga last Thurs­day. The del­e­ga­tion was led by As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Dr. Dinh Xuan Thao, Mem­ber of the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Law, Na­tional Assem­bly of Viet­nam-cum-Pres­i­dent of the In­sti­tute of Leg­isla­tive Stud­ies.

The ob­jec­tive of the study tour is to un­der­stand the le­gal sys­tems, the law-mak­ing pro­cesses and the var­i­ous mech­a­nisms for checks and bal­ances in­clud­ing con­sti­tu­tion-pro­tect­ing in­sti­tu­tions. The visit comes as a fol­low up to the re­cent adop­tion of a new Con­sti­tu­tion in Viet­nam (2013).

Wel­com­ing the del­e­ga­tion, the Hon’ble Chair­per­son ex­pressed his ap­pre­ci­a­tion on the visit which would fur­ther en­hance the diplo­matic re­la­tion­ship be­tween the two coun­tries. He con­grat­u­lated the Na­tional Assem­bly of Viet­nam for host­ing the 132nd Gen­eral Assem­bly of the In­ter-Par­lia­men­tary Union in March-April 2015 in Hanoi. He also ex­plained the roles and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of the Na­tional Coun­cil.

The head of del­e­ga­tion thanked the Hon’ble Chair­per­son for tak­ing his time off and agree­ing to see them. He was im­pressed by the pris­tine en­vi­ron­ment and the con­cept of Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness. Be­sides the re­form pro­cesses, he was in­ter­ested to learn about sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment since Bhutan was a land­locked and moun­tain­ous coun­try.

The two sides dis­cussed is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est re­volv­ing mainly round the leg­isla­tive pro­cesses. They also shared views on the sep­a­ra­tion of pow­ers of the three branches of the gov­ern­ment and par­tic­i­pa­tion of women in pol­i­tics as well as so­cial life. Both sides agreed to en­hance in­ter­ac­tion at peo­ple-to-peo­ple, gov­ern­ment-to-gov­ern­ment and par­lia­ment-to-par­lia­ment lev­els in or­der to fur­ther strengthen the diplo­matic re­la­tions that has re­cently been es­tab­lished be­tween our two coun­tries.

The del­e­ga­tion will be in the coun­try from (2-5) July 2015.

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