Statement of AIPA President, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez at the ASEAN Leaders’ Interface with Representatives of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA)

17 October 2017

As President of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) and host of our 38th annual meeting, I wish to express my gratitude to the delegations from member-parliaments, namely Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Their active participation has been crucial to the successful conduct of this year’s assembly, which centered on the theme “ASEAN and AIPA: Partnering for Inclusive Change.” We are grateful for their valuable inputs, which contributed significantly in the preparation and adoption of the message we delivered today during our interface with President Rodrigo Duterte and other Heads of State participating in the 30th ASEAN summit. We extended our deep appreciation to President Duterte for his invitation to AIPA to participate in the 30th ASEAN summit and expressed our support to the Philippines as chair of ASEAN as the regional bloc celebrates its 50th anniversary. In general, our message reaffirmed AIPA’s commitment to support and contribute to the achievement of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 towards a cohesive and rules-based ASEAN community that is peaceful, secure and stable. For this purpose, we have intensified our work towards fully harmonizing the laws of Member-States and achieving consensus on a code of conduct consistent with ASEAN agreements and commitments. We likewise resolved to make AIPA an effective vehicle to promote and maintain peace and stability in the region. We look forward to a more active and relevant AIPA, and a more united and integrated ASEAN community. source :

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