The National Assembly of Vietnam is willing to work with its counterpart in the Republic of Korea to further enhance the sound friendship and sustainable cooperation between the two parliaments, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan affirmed during talks with Speaker of the RoK National Assembly Moon Hee-sang in Seoul on December 6.
The maintenance of high-level visits across all channels, from the State and
National Assembly to the Government, has significant meaning in enhancing the
multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries as well as promoting
exchanges between ministries, localities, and peoples to increase their mutual
understanding, she said.
She added that Vietnam attaches great importance to developing cooperative
relations with the RoK and considers the country an important long-term
The two countries share many historical and cultural similarities and hold
common benefits in maintaining peace, stability, and cooperation for the
development of each nation as well as the region and the world.
Vietnam is willing to work with the RoK towards elevating the bilateral strategic
partnership and cooperation expansion in various fields, she noted.
For his part, Moon Hee-sang noted that Vietnam is the fourth biggest trade
partner of the RoK. In 2017, two-way trade hit 63.9 billion USD, a year-on-year
rise of 40 percent.
Meanwhile, the RoK is the largest investor in Vietnam with 75 billion USD
invested to date, he said.
The Speaker said that President Moon Jae-in put forth the New Southern Policy
after taking up office to enhance relations with the Association of Southeast
Asian Nations (ASEAN), of which Vietnam is an important country partner in
various fields such as trade, investment, official development assistance, and
The President has always treasured relations with Vietnam, he said, adding that
during his visit to Vietnam in March 2018, the two countries’ leaders agreed to
increase the bilateral trade to 100 billion USD by 2020.
Speaker Moon Hee-sang hoped the Vietnamese National Assembly and Government
will pay more attention to Korean businesses operating in the country so they
can contribute to realising the two-way trade target.
He stressed that Vietnam is the biggest development cooperation partner of the
RoK and hoped the two sides will work together to building win-win cooperation.
He also mentioned the enhancement of people-to-people exchange and the
protection of the two countries’ citizens.
The RoK has provided many policies to support Vietnam-RoK multicultural
families and ensure the legitimate rights and interests of foreign workers,
including those from Vietnam.
To raise a more balanced bilateral trade turnover to 100 billion USD by 2020,
Ngan suggested both sides continue maintaining bilateral cooperation
mechanisms, like the joint committee on cooperation in nuclear power, energy,
and industry at the ministerial level; or the Vietnam-RoK inter-governmental
committee on economic, scientific, and technological cooperation at deputy
She asked the RoK side to take specific measures to help Vietnam reduce its
trade deficit with the RoK; increase its exports of farm produce, seafood, and
processed foods; and join the RoK’s global production and supply chains.
Vietnam will continue to create favorable conditions for RoK investors to join
in the country’s key projects, as well as the equitisation of state-owned
enterprises and banking restructuring, while also encouraging the transfer of
technology in renewable energy and working together to effectively implement
the Vietnam-RoK Free Trade Agreement and the framework agreement between the
two countries for credit from the Economic Development and Cooperation Fund
(EDCF) for 2016-2020, she said.
She stressed that Vietnam highly values the RoK’s official development
assistance (ODA), hoping that the RoK will continue to expand the capital in
the coming time in line with particular conditions and demands of Vietnam in
priority fields like transport infrastructure and transportation technology,
urban development, agriculture and rural development, high-quality human resources
training, and especially the developed application of science-technology in the
Fourth Industrial Revolution.
She took this opportunity to welcome the RoK Government’s new visa policy for
Vietnam, while proposing both sides coordinate to promote tourism cooperation,
facilitate the granting of visas for Vietnamese citizens, and consider the
exemption of tourism visa fees for Vietnamese tourists.
The RoK is one of Vietnam’s key sources for tourism markets. There are around
1,000 direct flights between the two countries each month. The launch of a
direct route between Seoul and Phu Quoc is expected to be announced at the
Vietnam-RoK investment and trade forum as part of this visit, she said.
Chairwoman Ngan highly values the cooperation in security and defence between
the two countries, saying that the collaboration will continue to develop in a
substantial and effective manner following the signing of the Vietnam-RoK joint
Vision Statement on Defence Cooperation towards 2030 in April 2018, and the
memorandum of understanding (MoU) on logistics support in the United Nations
peacekeeping mission and natural disaster humanitarian support in June 2018
between the two defence ministries.
She proposed that both sides firmly implement existing cooperation mechanisms
and agreements, including the diplomacy-security-defence strategic dialogue at
the deputy ministerial level, the Vietnam-RoK security dialogue at the deputy
ministerial level, and Vietnam-RoK defence dialogue at the deputy ministerial
Regarding labour cooperation, the NA Chairwoman valued the RoK Government’s
agreement to sign a special memorandum of understanding on labour cooperation
and the renewal of the standard MoU in March 2018 on the basis of respecting
relations with Vietnam.
She suggested the two sides continue to effectively realise the MoU on
dispatching and receiving Vietnamese workers and expand those eligible to work
in different areas in the RoK under the Employment Permit System (EPS), as
well as consider increasing the quota for Vietnam.
At the talks, the leaders expressed their delight at the bustling
people-to-people exchange. The Vietnamese community in the RoK numbers nearly
197,000, including over 48,000 workers and 42,000 students. Meanwhile, around
150,000 Koreans are currently living in Vietnam.
The two countries also boast very close-knit ties with around 68,000 citizens
having Vietnam-ROK transnational marriages. Up to 60 cities and provinces of
Vietnam and the RoK have signed and effectively implemented their cooperation
NA Chairwoman Ngan expressed her belief that with such large communities, the
two sides will create favourable environments for overseas residents to live
and work in each country. She affirmed that the Vietnamese NA always supports
the two governments in accelerating negotiations for the signing of an
agreement on judicial assistance in civil and commercial matters in order to
ensure the legitimate interests of the two countries’ peoples.
She wished that the RoK National Assembly and Speaker Moon Hee-sang will raise
their voices in support of the Vietnamese community in the RoK, especially
workers and women married to Koreans, towards leading a stable life with full
legal status to integrate into the host country’s society.
She also hoped for the expansion of Korean and Vietnamese language teaching in
both countries, especially teaching Vietnamese for second generations of
Vietnamese-Korean multicultural families.
On the occasion, the Vietnamese leader expressed her thanks to Korean coach
Park Hang-seo, who has led the Vietnam U23 football team to obtain
unprecedented victories in major international tournaments.
On international issues, NA Chairwoman Ngan stressed that Vietnam applauds the
RoK’s "New Southern Policy”, which focuses on bolstering cooperation with ASEAN
countries, particularly Vietnam.
Vietnam is ready to act as a bridge to promote multifaceted cooperation between
the RoK and ASEAN member states, she said, adding that it also appreciates and
supports the RoK’s efforts to ease tension, as well as boost dialogue and
collaboration in such issues as the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula
and inter-Korea relations.
Vietnam hopes that the efforts of the RoK and concerned parties will record
practical progress, thereby helping protect the environment of peace,
stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world, she noted.
Vietnam appreciates the RoK’s stance on the East Sea issue, she said, asking
the RoK to continue supporting the position of Vietnam and ASEAN in maintaining
peace and stability, and addressing disputes in the East Sea by peaceful
measures in line with international law, with the full implementation of the
Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) towards the conclusion
of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).
Regarding the relations between the two parliaments, Ngan said that the
Vietnamese legislature always wishes and stays ready to closely cooperate with
its RoK counterpart to support and foster the strategic cooperative partnership
between the two nations.
She agreed with Moon on the maintenance of the regular exchange of all-level
delegations to share experience in legislative activities and coordinate in
supervising the realisation of cooperation agreements signed between the two
The legislative bodies should listen to business communities and citizens in
order to create a favourable legal environment for cooperation, exchange, and
citizen protection activities.
They will continue promoting the role of their friendship parliamentarians’
groups to form bridges, boost delegation exchanges and information sharing, as
well as seek new effective forms of collaboration.
The two sides will increase coordination and mutual support at inter-parliamentary
forums, thus contributing to maintaining an environment of peace, stability,
cooperation, and development in the region and the world.
On the occasion, NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan invited her RoK counterpart
to visit Vietnam when the time suits.