AIPA meetings kick off this week

MANILA-- The first round of meetings for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) will kick off this week in Manila as the House of Representatives plays host to the 38th AIPA General Assembly.

According to a statement on Tuesday, the AIPA activities slated for this week include the Preparatory Meeting this Friday and the ASEAN-AIPA Leaders' Interface Meeting on Saturday.

Expected to attend the AIPA meetings are Speaker PandikarMulia and HasbiHabibollah of Malaysia; Nurhayati Ali Assegaf and Juliari Batubara of Indonesia; Deputy Speaker Charles Chong of Singapore; AIPA Secretary General IsarSunthornvut; Prof. Porn PetchWichitcholchai of Thailand; PhungQuocHien of Vietnam; PehinDatu Haji Abdul Hamid Bakal of Brunei; Mahn Winn KhaingThann of Myanmar; Dr. Cheam Yeap of Cambodia; and PanyYathoutou of Lao PDR.

Philippine Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, as current AIPA president, will deliver the opening remarks at the preparatory meeting on Friday.

During the preparatory meeting, Alvarez will lead the discussions in drafting the program of activities and AIPA message for adoption by the delegates.

House Deputy Speaker Ferdinand Hernandez, as the head of the Philippine delegation, will assist in moving for the approval of the program of activities and AIPA message.

As for the Interface Meeting of ASEAN leaders with AIPA Representatives, the delegates will assemble at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on Saturday afternoon.

The Interface Meeting will commence with President Rodrigo Duterte delivering the opening remarks.

Alvarez will present the AIPA message adopted by the delegates at the Interface Meeting.

The 38th AIPA General Assembly coincides with the 50th founding anniversary of the ASEAN which will be held also in the country as the Philippines assumed chairmanship this year.

The AIPA's theme this year is ASEAN and AIPA: Partnering for Inclusive Change.

AIPA was formed to support and contribute to the realization of ASEAN goals through inter-parliamentary cooperation.

Source: Philippines News Agency