When AIPO was established, all AIPO Members concurred on the use of the first AIPO logo in 1997. The logo was designed in the shape of a pentagon surrounded on the inside by the flags of the original five Member Countries of AIPO. The acronym ‘AIPO’ is placed at the centre.
At the 16th AIPO General Assembly in Singapore and in conjunction with the admission of the Parliament of Vietnam into AIPO, the then President of AIPO H.E. Tan Soo Khoon (assisted by the well known Women’s Artist of Singapore) and by mutual consent of the AIPO Member Parliaments, proposed a new logo of AIPO.
The proposal of the new logo was discussed and considered at length by the members of AIPO for a formal adoption as the new logo of AIPO. The then AIPO Member Parliaments opined that the proposed logo truly reflects the aspiration and dynamism of an expanded AIPO.
Therefore resolution No.16GN95/35 on a New Logo of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization (AIPO) was unanimously adopted by the 16th AIPO General Assembly. It was then introduced as AIPO’s new logo.
The explanation on the AIPO logo design rationale was as follows:
The proposed logo design adopts an abstract visual language with reference to a pure triangular form. The designer’s selection is intended to depict Parliament as the summit of a nation and the epitome of democracy. The tapering equilateral form is stable as well as directional – bearing a distinct upward thrust.
The design also shows a series of continuous strokes on the form which represents the aspirations of AIPO, whose mission is to facilitate concerted efforts for ASEAN to progress towards higher planes.
The colours adopted are yellow, blue and red, which are colours found in all the member states national flags.
The acronym AIPO is in bold to capture the spirit of the next century. The layout is justified to the same width as the base of triangle. This organization of the graphic element generates prompt and focused unity.
The changing of its name from AIPO to AIPA is coincidental with the AIPA Logo. The rationale for not introducing the new logo even when AIPO was no longer in existence is to acknowledge the outstanding and enormous achievements of AIPO in the past.
Therefore at the Extraordinary Meeting of the Executive Committee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 16-19 April 2007, the participants of the AIPA Member Countries resolved to accept only changing the nomenclature from AIPO to AIPA. The Logo, however, remains the same.
(Source: AIPA-31 Secretariat)