Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (fifth, right), National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (fifth, left) and other officials pose for a photo at the opening ceremony of AIPA 41 on September 8 (Photo: VNA)
- The 41st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary
Assembly (AIPA 41) themed “Parliamentary Diplomacy for a Cohesive and
Responsive ASEAN Community” opened in Hanoi on September 8 under the chair of
National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, Chair of the AIPA 41.
The online event saw the participation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and leaders of Vietnamese Party and State, ambassadors, representatives from embassies of participating countries to the AIPA 41, as well as representatives from observer countries and guests of host Vietnam.
Addressing the opening ceremony, NA Chairwoman Ngan said this is the first time
in 43-year history the AIPA General Assembly has been held virtually amid the
complicated developments of COVID-19, showing determination and efforts of
ASEAN member parliaments and governments in overcoming difficulties, fighting
the pandemic and moving forward for people’s well-being and cooperation and
development of the ASEAN Community.
National Asembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (Photo; VNA)
This is the third time Vietnam has undertaken on the role of AIPA chair and
hosted the General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly. This
event affirmed Vietnamese National Assembly’s role and responsibility as well
as AIPA’s international mission in multilateral cooperation mechanisms.
She informed delegates that the Vietnamese National Assembly has closely cooperated
with ASEAN member parliaments to organise numerous activities, promoting roles of
the AIPA and its members in building ASEAN Community.
Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong applauds the organisation of AIPA 41 in the form of a teleconference (Photo: VNA)
In his video message at the opening ceremony, Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong applauded the organisation of AIPA 41 in the form of a teleconference.
A strong ASEAN that plays the central role and serves as a driving force of regional and international cooperation will be both the mainstay and the goal of Vietnam, he noted.
It’s now more important than ever that AIPA keeps contributing to efforts to promote ASEAN’s central role in an evolving regional architecture while promoting multilateralism, international connectivity and cooperation, and respect for law.
He expressed his belief that this time’s general assembly will work towards community-based mindset and actions so as to achieve a strong and cohesive ASEAN Community that is oriented towards and centres on the people with its role established in the international arena.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the AIPA 41 meeting. (Photo: VNA)
Speaking at the event, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc spoke highly of the AIPA’s
role as a significant organisation of legislative bodies in ASEAN. During the
past decades, AIPA parliamentary cooperation has always played an important
role in coordinating with ASEAN member governments in maintaining and
consolidating regional peace, security, stability, cooperation and development;
as well as enhancing people-to-people connectivity.
He stressed the effectiveness of the ASEAN Leaders’ Interface with AIPA representatives
during the virtual 36th ASEAN Summit and the need to uphold the dialogue
mechanism, adding that the dialogue has helped the governments implement policies
to improve its people’s livelihoods and well-being.
A meeting of Women Parliamentarians of AIPA (WAIPA), AIPA Young Parliamentarians and meetings of the Political, Economic, Social Affairs and Organisation Committees will be held within the event’s framework.
The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) is a regional parliamentary
organisation. It was originally formed on September 2, 1977 as the ASEAN
Inter-Parliamentary Organisation (AIPO) by the leaders of the parliamentary
delegations of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand
attending the Third ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Conference in Manila, the
Philippines. In 1995, Vietnam became a member, followed by Laos in 1997,
Cambodia in 1999, and Brunei in 2009. At the 27th AIPO General Assembly held in
Cebu city, the Philippines in 2006, there was a consensus to transform the
organisation into a more effective and closely integrated institution and to change
the organisation's name from AIPO to AIPA./.