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AIPA – ASEAN Interface during the 34th ASEAN Summit for Sustainable Community

Date 22/6/2019

          On 22nd June 2019 at the Athenee Bangkok, A Luxury Collection Hotel, General Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister and ASEAN Chairperson led the ASEAN Leaders to meet H.E. Mr. Chuan Leekpai, President of the National Assembly and President of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), and AIPA Delegates from 10 member parliaments during the 34th ASEAN Summit. On this occasion, AIPA President delivered message and discussed with ASEAN Chairperson by highlighting that a strong Parliament can provide a firm foundation for democracy. If the Parliament functions well, with credibility, respectability and honesty, we can expect democracy with political stability, which will greatly contribute to the economic and social development with sustainability operating.


          As a legislative branch of ASEAN, AIPA significantly require strong people support.  The ASEAN Community is being sustained by three main pillars– the political-security pillar, the economic pillar, and the socio-cultural pillar.  However, it is the third pillar – the Socio-Cultural Community – that is most directly related to the common people in ASEAN.  In this respect, it is the Parliament that can strengthen their sense of “ownership” of the ASEAN Community, which is a crucial condition for its sustainable development.

 

          AIPA emphasized that a truly people-centred and people-oriented ASEAN must be based on the efforts by all to promote the social justice and rule of law. People’s representatives will be the good mediator connecting between the public and ASEAN Community; therefore, AIPA – ASEAN Interface should be promoted for driving forward these issues. AIPA and ASEAN share common visions of building peace, stability, and prosperity in the region. AIP proposed the important issues to ASEAN Leaders as follows:
 
          • Climate change and environment safeguard
          • Narrowing the development gaps
          • Women empowerment and gender equality
          • Terrorism and violent extremism
          • The fourth Industrial revolution
          • The code of conduct in South China Sea and maritime security
          • Water-food-energy security nexus within the region especially in the Greater Mekong Subregion
          • Drugs and human trafficking
          • Strengthening regional cooperation in cultural heritage.


          These issues are very much related to Executive domain and the legislative branch should promote cooperation and coordination to address them for the overall benefit of the ASEAN community.


          That is, we should set up a forum for the AIPA Secretariat and the ASEAN Secretariat to provide increasing parliamentary perspectives, making it possible for ASEAN to be known, and to benefit to the greatest number of population as a whole.

          AIPA emphasized their support for ASEAN to go forward as one full-fledged community and focus on building an “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”.

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