AIPA-43: Contributing to building a common legal framework for ASEAN

AIPA-43: Contributing to building a common legal framework for ASEAN

After 5 days of urgent work, the 43rd General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA-43) with the theme  “Advancing together for a sustainable, inclusive and resilient ASEAN” passed many resolutions demonstrating collective efforts towards a common goal, sharing benefits, and jointly addressing complex challenges of the region and the world. National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue led the high-ranking Vietnamese delegation to attend and deliver a speech at the plenary session of AIPA-43.

NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue led a high-level delegation from the Vietnamese National Assembly to attend the AIPA-43 conference. Photo: VNA

 This is the first AIPA General Assembly held in person after more than 2 years of the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of this Assembly is in line with ASEAN's common theme this year, "ASEAN action to deal with challenges," reflecting the continuous message of AIPA and the desire of the host country Cambodia to promote a community that is equitable, strong, and inclusive, in line with the core spirit of ASEAN, working towards a common vision, identity, and community, contributing to economic recovery, narrowing development gaps and regional connectivity, developing human resources, social welfare, women and youth participation in creating and maintaining peace and development, and promoting people-to-people exchanges.

Cambodian leaders emphasized the importance of parliamentary diplomacy. Photo: VNA
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and delegation leaders greet AIPA-43 Chairman Samdech Heng Samrin. Photo: VNA

At the plenary session, the leaders of the National Assembly and parliaments of AIPA member countries agreed that these challenges require collective efforts of the international community and especially close cooperation among relevant parties, compliance with international law, peaceful dialogue and responsible conduct.

 Through AIPA, the National Assembly and parliaments of member countries will continue their overall strength with partners in the government to further promote sustainable recovery, support development towards people, put people at the center, not leave anyone behind, and build a sustainable society, ready to cope with future crises.

AIPA 43 focused on discussing peace, security, multilateralism, and the central role of ASEAN; strengthening diplomatic forums on maritime security and promoting stability in Southeast Asia; promoting economic growth through integrated Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria; enhancing the digital capabilities of micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and promoting tourism for economic recovery; enhancing digital transformation to protect the overall society; improving social health protection to address challenges in ASEAN; promoting gender equality and empowering women for sustainable and self-reliant recovery after COVID-19; increasing the role of female lawmakers in advancing women, peace, and security programs; and engaging youth in building a prosperous and sustainable ASEAN community.


Admission ceremony for AIPA Observers. Photo: VNA

  The AIPA-43 conference also held a ceremony to admit the Nepal, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and United States legislatures as Observers of AIPA.

 On the sidelines of AIPA-43, NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue had bilateral meetings with leaders of the legislatures of some countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and observer countries.

During the AIPA-43 conference, NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue held several bilateral meetings. Photo: VNA

NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue received AIPA Secretary-General Nguyen Tuong Van. Photo: VNA

 In addition, the Vietnamese delegation participated in dialogues with AIPA observer countries, including Australia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Canada, the European Parliament (EP), India, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, Nepal, Norway, Pakistan, Russia, Timor-Leste, Ukraine, and the United States. The dialogues took place in a friendly atmosphere of cooperation and mutual understanding.

AIPA-43 ended successfully with the transfer of the AIPA Chairmanship for 2022-2023 to the Indonesian legislature, the host country of AIPA-44.

NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and the Vietnamese high-level delegation attended AIPA-43 to continue implementing the proactive and comprehensive international integration strategy, strengthening cooperation and the central role of ASEAN, promoting relations between AIPA and partners, contributing to the ASEAN Community-building process, and promoting peace, cooperation, and development in the region.

Resolutions considered and passed at AIPA-43:

-Resolution on Promoting Peace, Solidarity, and Multilateralism via ASEAN's centrality proposed by Cambodia;
 -Resolution on Enhancing Inter-Parliamentary Diplomacy on Maritime Security to Foster Regional Stability in the Southeast Asian Region proposed by Indonesia;
 -Resolution on Inter-Parliamentary Diplomacy in Implementing the Five-Point Consensus on the Myanmar Issue proposed by Indonesia;
 -5th AIPA Advisory Council on Dangerous Drugs (AIPACODD) 
 -Draft Resolution on Strengthening Digital Transformation for Comprehensive Social Protection proposed by Cambodia;
 -Draft Resolution on Enhancing Healthcare for Addressing Challenges in ASEAN proposed by Thailand;
 -Draft Resolution on Promoting Youth Engagement for a Prosperous, Self-Reliant, and Sustainable ASEAN Community proposed by Cambodia;
 -Resolution on Strengthening Parliamentary Cooperation for Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Approach proposed by Cambodia;
 -Resolution on Promoting Development Capacities for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Digital Transformation proposed by Cambodia;
 -Resolution on Optimizing the Participation of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Tourism Industry for Economic Recovery proposed by Indonesia;
 -Draft Resolution on Adopting the Report of the AIPA Women Parliamentarians' Coordination Committee Meeting.
 -Draft Resolution on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women for Inclusive COVID-19 Recovery.
-Resolution on Promoting the Role of Women Parliamentarians in Advancing Inter-Parliamentary Programs for Security, Peace, and Women. 

Story: VNP Photos: VNA