As part of the collaboration between the Danish and Vietnamese parliaments initiated in 2009, members of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) made a visit to the Danish Parliament. A visit by the Danish MPs to the National Assembly next month is to follow.
In light of the on-going constitutional amendment process in Vietnam, the visit focused on constitutional issues, parliamentary oversight and committee hearing processes. The delegation met with members of parliament, representatives of the Ombudsman institution, with senior staff of the parliament and with academics.
Together with the delegation from the National Assembly was a delegation of Chairmen and Vice-Chairpersons of five provincial Peoples Committees. They visited the Danish National Association of Municipalities.
The visit of the provincial delegation to the National Association of Municipalities is part of the Danish support to the implementation of the Public Administration Programme (PAR) in the five provinces of Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Dien Bien, Dak Lak and Dak Nong.
The main topics discussed included administrative reforms, municipal financing, cooperation with civil society and the private sector and initiatives in sustainable resources management as well as efficient public service delivery.
During the visit the delegation met with senior staff of the National Association of Municipalities and visited two Danish municipalities, waste management and wind energy companies as well as a primary school.
Prior to their departure, the delegation met with Ambassador John Nielsen who stated that in addition to the exchanges on public administration reforms, which have contributed to making Denmark one of the least corrupt countries in the world, he hopes the provincial delegation will also appreciate visits to some of Denmark’s cleantech champions.
“With thirty years of focused energy policy, Denmark has become a centre for cleantech and exemplifies how economic growth may not necessarily require increasing energy consumption,” he said.
The two visits took place within the framework of the Danish supported Good Governance and Public Administration Programme (GOPA II, 2012-2015).