The 39th General Assembly

11 October 2018

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September 3-7, 2018 marked the 39th AIPA General Assembly in Singapore. With more than 350 delegation which consists of AIPA Member Parliaments, Observers, and Guests of the Host, the meeting was successfully convened with great results. 

The unity of ASEAN has maintained its weight, strength, and relevance to the region. By encouraging all commitment of AIPA Member Parliaments, AIPA’s role in supporting ASEAN centrality will remained vibrant. The work of the 39th AIPA General Assembly focuses on building a Resilient and Innovative ASEAN Community, which also a theme of ASEAN Chairmanship this year. Deputy Prime Minister of Singapore, Teo Chee Hean stated that there are 4 C’s that AIPA can focuses on, in helping to build a more Cohesive, Connected, Creative, and Climate-Resilient ASEAN.

Cohesive, as platform for our parliamentarians to identify and discuss matters of common concern, AIPA plays an important role in fostering greater cohesion and regional cooperation in spite of situations and crises that we may face from time to time. Connected, as representatives of our people, AIPA parliamentarians have a key role to play in helping our citizens to better understand the importance of a more inter-connected ASEAN and the need to pursue free and open markets. Creative, AIPA parliamentarians are well-placed to encourage a mind-set of creativity and innovation among our peoples. We also can learn new skills and take advantage of new opportunities. The digital revolution, form of the ASEAN Smart Cities Network, AIPA parliamentarians will play a key role in promoting the adoption of new technologies among ASEAN’s businesses and peoples through the rules and laws which created in Parliament. Last but note least, Climate-Resilient ASEAN. AIPA parliamentarians play a critical role in our collective push for a low-carbon and climate-resilient ASEAN, through encouraging the promotion of sustainable growth and ecosystem.

Peace and prosperity will always required a strong commitment and human will for its existence. Spreading the story of ASEAN through a collective efforts must be continued for the benefits of our ASEAN people.

Report of the 39th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) (Pages 1-9)

Annex A List of Delegates (A1-12)

Annex B Report of Executive Committee Meeting (B1-3)

Annex C Written Messages from Heads of State / Government (C1-10)

Annex D Welcome Speech by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, President of AIPA and Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore (D1-2)

Annex E Opening Address by Mr Teo Chee Hean, Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security (E1-3)

Annex F Programme of Activities (F1-7)

Annex G Agenda Items for 39th General Assembly of AIPA and for Dialogue with Observer Countries (G1-2)

Annex H Composition of Committees (H1-30)

Annex I Statements by Leaders of Delegations of AIPA Member Parliaments (I1-27)

(i) Brunei Darussalam

(ii) Cambodia

(iii) Indonesia

(iv) Lao PDR

(v) Malaysia

(vi) Myanmar

(vii) Philippines

(viii) Singapore

(ix) Thailand

(x) Vietnam

Annex J Statement by Secretary-General of ASEAN (J1-3)

Annex K Statements by Leaders of Delegations of Observer Parliaments (K1-30)

(i) Australia

(ii) Belarus

(iii) Canada

(iv) People’s Republic of China

(v) European Parliament

(vi) India

(vii) Japan

(viii) Republic of Korea

(ix) Russia

(x) Timor Leste

Annex L Report of the Meeting of Women Parliamentarians of AIPA (WAIPA) (L1-7)


(i) Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship for Development

(ii) Empowering Women in ASEAN to Harness the Potential of Industrial Revolution 4.0

Annex M Report of Committee on Political Matters (M1-3)

Annex N Report of Committee on Economic Matters (N1-13)


(i) Strengthening Cooperation to Promote Cross- Border Data Flows in ASEAN

(ii) Promoting Innovation and e-Commerce in ASEAN

(iii) Deepening Regional Economic Integration in ASEAN

(iv) Good Regulatory Practices in the ASEAN Economic Integration

(v) Regional Efforts to Address the Impact of Global Trade Tension Between Economic Powerhouses

Annex O Report of Committee on Social Matters (O1-14)


(i) Report of the 1st AIPACODD Meeting and the Resolutions on Securing a Drug-Free ASEAN Community for Future Generations and The Terms of Reference for AIPACODD

(ii) Promoting Digital Literacy and Combating Fake News

(iii) Support for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs)

(iv) Environmental Sustainability and Sustainable Urban Ecosystems

Annex P Report of Committee on Organisational Matters (P1-25)


(i) AIPA Secretariat's Annual Report FY2017-2018

(ii) Continuation of the Joint Programme between AIPA and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany through Deusche Gesellschaft Fuer Internationale Zussamenarbeit (GIZ)

(iii) Expanding the Scope of Cooperation between Freeland Foundation and the AIPA Secretariat

(iv) Financial Reports of the AIPA Secretariat


(1) Estimates Budget for the AIPA Secretariat for the Period of 1 August 2018 to 31 July 2019;

(2)Supplementary Estimates from 1 August 2019 to 30 September 2019; and (3) Special Fund

(vi) Submission of the Draft Resolution of AIPA Member Parliaments with its Explanatory Note


A) AIPA Distinguished Service Award - Indonesia

B) AIPA Distinguished Service Award - Thailand

(viii) Development of New Organizational Design and Human Capacity Development Plan for AIPA Secretariat

(ix) Legal Status of the AIPA House

(x) Amendment to the Statutes of AIPA

(xi) Appreciating the Services of Mr Tan Chuan-Jin as President of AIPA

(xii) Date and Venue of the 40th General Assembly

(xiii) Development of Web-Based and Online Database Resolutions Adopted by AIPA

(xiv) Appreciating Years of Service of Ms Ria Rumata Aritonang to AIPA and AIPA Secretariat

Annex Q Report of Committee on Joint Communique (Q1-25)

Annex R Reports of Dialogue sessions with Observer Parliaments (R1-26)

(i) Australia

(ii) Belarus

(iii) Canada

(iv) People’s Republic of China

(v) European Parliament

(vi) India

(vii) Japan

(viii) Republic of Korea

(ix) Russia

(x) Timor Leste

Annex S Joint Communique (S1-25)

Annex T Closing Speech by Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, President of AIPA and Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore (T1-2)

Annex U Instrument of Transfer (U1)

Annex V Acceptance Speech by incoming President of AIPA (V1-2)


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