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