On behalf of the Speaker of the Legislative Council of Brunei, the Bruneian Ambassador to Vietnam (L) receives the chairmanship hammer from National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan at the closing ceremony of the AIPA 41 on September 10 (Photo: VNA)
– Speaker of the Legislative
Council of Brunei Pehin Abdul Rahman Taib on September 10 appreciated
Chairwoman of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan’s
exceptional leadership, efforts and dedication in fostering parliamentary
diplomacy to drive the ASEAN region towards being more cohesive and responsive.
Via teleconference, the top legislator of Brunei
delivered a speech on the assumption of the chairmanship of the ASEAN
Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA). On behalf of the speaker, the Bruneian
Ambassador to Vietnam received the chairmanship hammer from Chairwoman Ngan at
the closing ceremony of the 41st AIPA General Assembly (AIPA 41) in Hanoi on
In his address, the speaker expressed his honour
to assume the role and congratulated Chairwoman Ngan and the Vietnamese NA on
successfully convening this year’s AIPA General Assembly virtually, despite the
challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In this difficult time, it is even more crucial
to strengthen partnerships within AIPA, as well as to reach out strategically
to the dialogue partners on issues that are of mutual concern regionally and
internationally, he said, noting that during Brunei’s chairmanship, the country
looks forward to working closely with the AIPA Secretariat as well as member
parliaments to continue building on the good work in the past in ensuring the
realisation of AIPA’s visions and aspirations.
“In this light, I would like to seek the support
and cooperation from the speakers and parliamentarians of AIPA member
parliaments as well as our dialogue partners and relevant stakeholders towards
the success of our AIPA Presidency,” he added.
With regards to the hosting of the next AIPA
General Assembly, the speaker noted that the Legislative Council of Brunei has
already started making arrangements for the 42nd AIPA General Assembly in
Bandar Seri Begawan next year.
“However, with still much uncertainty
surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we will continue to strive to meet via
whatever available means permitted in the future. Regardless of the situation,
however, the Legislative Council of Brunei Darussalam would like to assure you
of our utmost commitment to put in our best effort during our AIPA Presidency
in the next year,” Pehin Abdul Rahman Taib said.
The AIPA 41 from September 8 to 10, held online
for the first time in history, took place under the theme “Parliamentary
Diplomacy for a Cohesive and Responsive ASEAN Community”.
Earlier, Vietnam served as the Chair of the 23rd
and 31st AIPA general assemblies in 2002 and 2010, respectively./.