Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong (middle) represents Vietnam at the 4th Meeting of Speakers of Eurasian Countries’ Parliaments (MSEAP 4) held in Nur Sultan, Kazakhstan on September 24. (Photo: VNA)
Themed “Greater Eurasia: Dialogue. Trust. Partnership”, the meeting brought together 65 parliamentary delegations from European and Asian countries and 14 international and inter-parliamentary organisations.
The first President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, is participating in the event which is being held on the year of the 25th anniversary of his initiative on Eurasian integration.
In his welcoming remarks, Nazarbayev recalled the initiative, saying the message of Kazakhstan this year is to position Eurasia as a platform for testing a brand-new model of partnership based on a joint and collective settlement of arising contradictions among the countries as well as countering common challenges.
At the MSEAP 4, parliamentarians discuss ways of ensuring safe and sustainable development of the Eurasian continent and the implementation of major integration economic projects of the 21st century.
In addition to plenary sessions, dozens of bilateral meetings are scheduled to be held on the sidelines of the event, enabling parliamentarians to exchange law-making experience and coordinate efforts and actions towards increasing the wellbeing of their peoples.
Following the opening ceremony in the morning, participants attended three plenary sessions and adopted a statement in the afternoon.
Speaker of the Majilis of Kazakhstan’s Parliament Nurlan Nigmatulin, Chairman of State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Viacheslav Volodin and Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Moon Hee-sang are the co-organisers of the forum.
MSEAP is a Eurasian parliamentary cooperation mechanism initiated by the Chairman of the State Duma of Russia and the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea.
The annual meeting offers a chance for legislative bodies in the world’s largest continent to coordinate their actions and improve the role of parliamentary diplomacy as well as to exchange ideas to address global challenges.
The final document of MSEAP is the Joint Statement signed by heads of the participating delegations.
It was first held in Russia in 2016.