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 total presentation conveys a simple elegance – memorable and pleasing.
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.
The Triangle in the AIPA logo represents Parliament as the summit of a nation and one of the bulwark of democracy. The Triangle forms an upward arrow that reflects growth, improvements, direction, purposes and destination. The Triangle also forms an alphabet “A” to represent “AIPA.”
The logogram creates a visual imagery of a strong standing mountain that represents stability, prosperity and strength. The Ten Lines which consist of 5 Blue Lines and 5 Gold Lines represent the ten AIPA member parliaments.
The Flowing Ribbons with its gradient colors represent dynamic and energetic movements, while the Folding Ribbons represent flexibility, relevance, responsiveness and interconnection among AIPA member parliaments. The interconnecting ribbons represent Unity and Solidarity, while at the same reflect the Sense of Belongingness and Ownership among the people of ASEAN.
The five interlocking ribbons that form a triangle or upward arrows represent some of the values that AIPA member parliaments would like to live by, namely, the pursuit of peace, stability, unity, prosperity and good governance.
The colors of the logogram denote the following:
- Light Blue represents peace and stability;
- Dark Blue represents maturity and strength;
- Red represents courage, valor and determination; and
- Gold represents friendliness and prosperity.
The acronym AIPA is in bold to capture the spirit of AIPA. The layout is justified to the same width as the base of the triangle to convey constancy, solidarity and stability. The total presentation conveys Strong and Tough, Modern, Relevant and Responsive AIPA.
(Source: AIPA Statutes 6th Edition October 2017)