September 29, 2016

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AIPA putting great emphasis on poverty reduction, bridging development gaps

U Htin Kyaw 72President U Htin Kyaw sent a message to the the 37th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA). Following is the full text of the message.

The Honourable AIPA President,
Members of ASEAN Parliaments,
Distinguished Delegates,
On the auspicious occasion of the 37th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), I have the pleasure to extend my warmest greetings and congratulations to the Honourable AIPA President and all distinguished delegates. It is our honour and privilege to host the 37th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar.
We have noted with delight that AIPA has chosen “Vibrant AIPA for a progressive ASEAN Community” as the theme of the 37th AIPA General Assembly. At present, ASEAN is making good progress in community building by intensifying its efforts to make the region more politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible.
As you are all aware, ASEAN has opened up a new Chapter in the history with the establishment of the ASEAN Community on 31st December 2015 and embarked on a new vision “ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together” as a roadmap of the ASEAN Community. The establishment of the ASEAN Community has been a starting point of the goal of our community building process, and we should consolidate our efforts in order that ASEAN would emerge as a united and integrated regional organisation in the global community. I wish to urge all ASEAN Governments and Parliaments to work hand-in-hand in the implementation of ASEAN Vision 2025.

Honourable Members of ASEAN Parliaments and Distinguished Delegates,

The progress of the ASEAN Community relies not only on the achievement of targets of three pillars of ASEAN but also on the wide support of the people from all walks of life and stakeholders in ASEAN, including ASEAN Parliaments. Hence, I wish to commend the important role of AIPA and its contribution towards ASEAN Community building. For the successful ASEAN integration, ASEAN Member States need to be fully involved and engaged by sharing best practices and initiatives.
Since joining AIPA in 2011, Myanmar has been participating actively in the AIPA’s various activities. Myanmar has contributed to the inter-parliamentary cooperation not only at the regional level but also at the international level by engaging with the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the UK’s House of Commons and the Parliament of Australia. Myanmar is also participating regularly in the annual meetings of the AIPA General Assembly, AIPA Caucuses, workshops and seminars.

Honourable Members of ASEAN Parliaments and Distinguished Delegates,

Myanmar fully recognises the essential role of ASEAN Parliaments in ASEAN Community building, especially in enacting respective domestic legislations to fully implement ASEAN Agreements and Conventions. A strong cooperation between ASEAN and AIPA is instrumental in building ASEAN Community through harmonizing domestic laws in line with ASEAN Agreements and Conventions.
Today, our region is faced with many challenges including non-traditional security issues and bridging development gaps among some ASEAN Member States. In addressing those challenges, AIPA has a vital role to play in facilitating cooperation between the Governments and the Parliaments.
We are encouraged to note that AIPA is putting a great emphasis on poverty reduction and bridging development gaps, which are prerequisites to achieve sustainable development and economic growth in the region. In this regard, our collective efforts to implement ASEAN Vision 2025 should complement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
As ASEAN Member States are nurturing an ASEAN Community where peoples are bonded together in friendship, cooperation, peace and security and prosperity, we highly appreciate AIPA’s continued contribution to the consolidation of ASEAN Community building and shaping ASEAN’s future.
We are confident that the remarkable achievements of ASEAN over the past 49 years will help move ASEAN Community building process forward.
May I extend my sincere best wishes for fruitful deliberations and successful outcome from the 37th AIPA General Assembly, leading to the fulfillment of aspirations of the peoples of ASEAN.


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