|Representatives of the surpreme courts of Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam open the conference
The conference is held by the Supreme Court of Thailand with support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bangkok from September 13-14 to exchange experiences and enhance cooperation between countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).
Joining Binh are the chief justices of the GMS nations, namely Cambodia, Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar, alongside those from the US, Australia, and Singapore who came to the event to present their judicial policies and strategies on delivering court excellence.
The conference will feature the introduction of the International Framework for Court Excellence (IFCE), a self-assessment methodology for court performance by Elodie Beth - Program Advisor, The Transparency, Accountability and Anti-Corruption, Governance and Peace building Program on the second day.
In his keynote speech, the Vietnamese chief justice spoke highly of cooperation among courts of regional countries through multilateral forums such as the Council of ASEAN Chief Justices (CACJ), saying that Vietnam welcomes and supports the Thai Supreme Court’s initiative to intensify partnership among courts of the GMS nations.
He said it is an opportunity for regional countries to share their common issues and strengthen multilateral and bilateral judicial cooperation.
Binh gave the attendees an overview of some of the breakthroughs by Vietnam’s judicial system in recent years, as well as opportunities and challenges faced by the country in this area, affirming Vietnam has harvested many good results in judicial reforms, fundamental to maintaining the rule of law in the country.
He added that the juridical reforms Vietnam has been promoting is in full conformity with the IFCE and urged other countries to apply the framework based on their real situation.