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ASEAN MPs promise better linkage

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Parliamentarians from the Association of South-East Asian Nations showed their strong commitment to build an ASEAN Community and lift the region to a higher stage by adopting 22 resolutions to strengthen cooperation on many fronts.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 31st ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) yesterday, Viet Nam National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong said the meeting had successfully completed its work during the last five days of sessions in Hanoi with the adoption of resolutions on issues related to security, politics, economic cooperation and culture and society.

The adopted resolutions also cover activities of women parliamentarians and organisational matters at the regional legislative body.

The event, which Viet Nam hosted for the first time as the Chair of ASEAN and President of AIPA, saw the strong commitment of all member parliaments, which all agreed that solidarity was the foundation for shared sustainable development and a key element in successfully building the ASEAN Community.

"With the goal of realising the regional community by 2015, the General Assembly agreed that AIPA should continue enhancing the effectiveness of its activities to contribute substantially to the development of the ASEAN Community," said the NA Chairman. Trong urged AIPA to continue studying the necessary amendments and supplements to AIPA Statutes and changes in the activities of the AIPA Caucus.

He also urged enhanced harmonisation of laws in some areas, and improvement of the oversight mechanism for more effective implementation of AIPA resolutions. The region is carrying out its five-year plan to build an ASEAN Community, which was launched in 2008.

AIPA remains the only regional forum for ASEAN parliamentarians, where policy planners and lawmakers make use of the opportunity to renew ties and exchange ideas and best practices. The role and position of AIPA was enhanced and the collaboration of ASEAN and AIPA - the executive and legislative channels - strengthened at AIPA-31.

The General Assembly in Ha Noi recommended the official meeting among leaders of AIPA and ASEAN be institutionalised as an annual activity.

More than 370 parliamentarians discussed in details and contributed their helpful ideas to improve the region's co-operation and connectivity and overcome the challenges it is facing on the way to becoming a community.

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