The 37th General Assembly

03 October 2016

ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA)

Report On The Thirty Seventh (37th) AIPA General Assembly 

29th September – 3rd October 2016

Myanmar International Convention Centre 1 and

The Hotel Royal ACE


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  1. Table of Contents – ii – iii
  2. Executive Summary – 4 – 26
  3. The list of delegates from AIPA Member Parliaments and Guests A 27 – 36
  4. The speech by H.E. Datuk Seri Dr. Ronald Kiandee B 37 – 38
  5. The acceptance speech by H.E. Mahn Winn Khaing Thann C 39 – 40
  6. Programme of Activities D 41 – 46
  7. Agenda E 47 – 49
  8. Composition of Committees F 50 – 69
  9. Remarks by the President of AIPA during the Courtesy Call G 70 – 71
  10. Welcoming Address by President of AIPA H 72 – 74
  11. Keynote Speech by State Counsellor of Myanmar I 75 – 79
  12. Statements by Heads of Delegations and by Heads of States J 80 – 134
  13. Statements by the Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN and Secretary General of IPU K 135 – 141
  14. Report of the Committee on WAIPA L 142 – 171
  15. Report of the Committee on Political Matters M 172 – 196 iii
  16. Report of the Committee on Economic Matters N 197 – 214
  17. Report of the Committee on Social Matters O 215 – 238
  18. Report of the Committee on Organizational Matters P 239 – 367
  19. Report of the Committee on Joint Communique Q 368 – 393
  20. Report on the Meeting between AIPA National Secretariats and Secretary General R 394
  21. Signed Instrument of Transfer of Office of AIPA President and Secretary General S 395 – 397
  22. Closing Speech by the Past President of AIPA T 398 – 399
  23. Acceptance Speech by the Incumbent President of AIPA U 400 – 402
  24. Executive Committee Meeting V 403 – 404

Closing Speech
by His Excellency Mahn Winn Khaing Thann,
President of AIPA, Speaker of the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw,
at the Closing Ceremony, 37th AIPA General Assembly
2 October 2016, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar

Excellency Speakers of AIPA Member Parliaments and
Leaders and Members of the Delegations,
Honourable Secretary General of AIPA and IPU,
Honourable Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, as the President of AIPA, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all the Speakers of AIPA Member Parliaments, Leaders and Members of AIPA delegations for their close cooperation and active participation during the 37th AIPA General Assembly. I would also like to put on record the leadership role of my predecessor H.E Tan Sri Datuk Pandikar Amin Mulia, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malaysia.

It is a milestone for the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw of Myanmar to host the AIPA General Assembly for the first time in Myanmar. It is also remarkable moment for us opening with the Keynote Address by Her Excellency Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, State Counsellor of Myanmar. The Hluttaw has appreciated the presence of Secretary General of IPU H.E. Mr. Martin Chungong and the Deputy-Secretary General of ASEAN for Community and Corporate Affairs, H.E. Dr. AKP Mochtan. The Assembly has noted the statements of the Leaders of the Delegations and the presence of the Guests of the Host.

I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the outgoing Secretary General of AIPA, Honourable Mr. P.O Ram for his outstanding endeavours for the success of the General Assembly. I also wish to welcome Honourable Mr. Isra Suthornvut, the new and fourth Secretary General to our AIPA family.

After 3 days of working together, the General Assembly has concluded successfully due to the valuable efforts and expertise of all participants. The General Assembly has adopted nearly 30 resolutions on issues of common interest which were of utmost significance to the ASEAN community. We have discussed on the topics of importance, such as, ensuring cyber security in ASEAN, decent work for ASEAN women, preparedness and response to zika virus infection, creating job opportunities and decent working conditions in economic development, strengthening micro, small and medium enterprises, and implementation of the Plan of Action of the ASEAN Declaration on strengthening social protection.

The General Assembly also considered the draft resolution on the amendments to the Rules of Procedure of Women Parliamentarians of AIPO, and adopted unanimously. Since, the Rules of Procedure was adopted 18 years ago, it is necessary to amend in order to empower the women parliamentarians to carry out their functions effectively.

I would like to put the record of the outstanding performance of the Chairpersons of the Committee on Joint Communiqué, the Committee on Women Parliamentarians, Committees on Political Matters, Economic Matters, Social Matters and Organizational Matters. I appreciate the assistance of the rapporteurs and members of the Committees and the staff of the Hluttaw.

The General Assembly has noted the report of the 8th AIPA Caucus held in Luang Prabang Province, Lao PDR and welcomed the House of Representatives of Indonesia’s acceptance to host the 9th AIPA Caucus in 2017.

The General Assembly issued the Joint Communiqué reflecting the commitment of the AIPA for a progressive ASEAN Community. To be a progressive community, the implementation of AIPA resolutions should be more emphasized. AIPA needs to work closely with the ASEAN to overcome the new challenges as we are moving towards ASEAN Vision 2025. The close cooperation of the IPU and other development partners are also crucial for reaching the goals of AIPA.

With the spirit of cooperation, AIPA has become stronger and more vibrant than ever before. The positive outcomes of this General Assembly reinforce our confidence in AIPA for the task of ASEAN Community building.

Moving forward, I call upon AIPA Parliaments to continue raising awareness of AIPA’s goals and activities among the people by taking the advantage of their role as the Members of Parliament. It is also important to do more in-depth monitoring of AIPA’s achievements and the outcomes of its resolutions.

We very much appreciate the role of the Observers in ASEAN community building. Regrettably, at the General Assembly, the Observer Delegations were not able to be present due to the fact that we has to host this general assembly for the first time at very short notice and also due to various other constraints. We do hope that the countries which expressed a desire to attend as observers will understand our situation.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I will now hand over the Presidency of AIPA to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines His Excellency Mr. Raneo E. Abu. Allow me to take this opportunity to convey my congratulations to the Congress of the Philippines which has the longest history of democracy in ASEAN. I am confident that under the able leadership of the incoming President, AIPA will be able to obtain further achievements in contributing to the promotion of peace, stability and sustainable development in the region and the world at large.

In conclusion, allow me to again express my gratitude to all participants and organizers of the 37th AIPA General Assembly. Without your efforts this event could not have taken place and successfully concluded. I wish you all good health and a safe journey home. Thank You.

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