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AIPA 41: committees’ draft solutions expected to be adopted on last working day

The second plenary session and a closing ceremony will be held during the last working day of the 41st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA 41) on September 10.

As schedule, the last working will have activities, including the adoption of the draft resolutions of committees, the formation of an AIPA young parliamentarians’ association, the presentation of devotion awards to those with outstanding contributions to the AIPA, and the admission of new AIPA observers. They will also sign a joint statement.

Host National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, AIPA 41 President, will deliver a closing speech before handing over the role of AIPA President to a representative of the next event’s host. She will also inform the working outcomes of AIPA President in 2020.

Meanwhile, participants will discuss the organisation of a meeting between the ASEAN Secretary-General with AIPA member parliaments, the adjustments of AIPA Regulations and Charter, as well as a project to reform AIPA Secretariat.

AIPA was initially the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organisation (AIPO), which was formed on September 2, 1977 in Manila, the Philippines, with five members: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand. Its name was changed to ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in 2006.

The establishment of AIPO aimed at promoting collaboration among legislative bodies of regional countries as well as the sharing of information and experience in law-building, thus enhancing mutual understanding, friendship, solidarity, and unity among members.

Since Vietnam entered the assembly in Vietnam has actively engaged in AIPA activities since then, including hosting the 23rd and 31st AIPA General Assemblies in 2002 and 2010, respectively, as well as thematic meetings and committee-level meetings.

The AIPA 41 is themed “Parliamentary Diplomacy for a Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN Community”.

This is the third times that Vietnam has hosted an AIPA General Assembly./