Speaker of the Swedish Parliament (Riksdag), Mr. Urban Ahlin, to attend meetings with Vietnamese dignitaries and lead parliamentary delegation.
At the invitation of Mr. Nguyen Sinh Hung, President of Vietnam’s National Assembly, His Excellency Mr. Urban Ahlin, Speaker of the Riksdag of Sweden (the Swedish Parliament) will lead a delegation of the Riksdag on an official visit to Vietnam on the occasion of Sweden’s participation at the 132nd General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132) in Hanoi, from March 28 to April 1. It has been 20 years since a Speaker of the Swedish Parliament visited Vietnam, when former Swedish Speaker Ms. Birgitta Dahl visited in 1995.
Mr. Ahlin will be travelling with a delegation of six parliamentarians from four different political parties. Together they represent Sweden on two very important committees: the Steering Committee on the WTO and the Committee on Middle East Questions. During his visit, Mr. Ahlin will undertake a broad range of engagements to discuss and promote Sweden’s cooperation with Vietnam in areas such as parliamentary exchanges, economics and trade, and higher education. He will hold talks with Mr. Hung, followed by a courtesy visit to meet Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung. In Hanoi he will also have meetings with Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Kim Tien and Minister of Transport Dinh La Thang. Health and transport have been identified as two potential sectors of intensified business opportunities and technology transfer between Sweden and Vietnam.
Mr. Ahlin said he is delighted to be visiting Vietnam for the first time to attend the IPU-132 and to witness the prosperous development of what is considered to be a unique and special bilateral relationship. Sweden was the first Western country to establish diplomatic relations with Vietnam, in 1969. “My visit serves to strengthen ties between our countries and our peoples and provide opportunities for mutual understanding of good parliamentary practice and contribute to the enhancement of trade flows, investment, and technology transfers between Sweden and Vietnam,” he said. He is also planning to participate in a field visit to ABB’s transformer factory in northern Bac Ninh province and join a campaign to raise public awareness about traffic safety.