ASEAN INTER-PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY (AIPA) 33rd GENERAL ASSEMBLY – AT THE SANTOSA LOMBOK 16-22 SEPTEMBER 2012

Strengthening the Parliamentary Roles towards ASEAN community 2012

Senggigi, Lombok, September 26 2012: The 33rd general assembly of AIPA was held from September 16-22 in Lombok, Indonesia. The Santosa was chosen as the main venue for most of the event’s major programs and also the event’s social functions such as the welcome and farewell dinners. The assembly was chaired by the President of AIPA and the Speaker of Indonesia’s House of Representatives, H. E. Dr. Marzuki Alie. Participants of the 33rd General Assembly consisted of members of the ASEAN parliamentary delegations from 10 countries (Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam) and also observer groups. These observer groups included high level parliamentary delegations from nine observer countries (Australia, Belarus, Canada, the People’s Republic of China, European Parliament, India, republic of Korea, Japan and the Russian Federation).

An important event that convenes once a year, the AIPA General Assembly is held to provide policy directions for the development of AIPA’s objectives. It fills the need for a major forum of interchange among its’ members by attracting a large international audience, covering a wide range of important topics, and facilitating communication, networking and coordination among the ASEAN members. H.E. Dr. Marzuki Alie opened the meeting and warmly welcomed the delegates to Lombok, Indonesia. He went on to state to the conference during his opening speech, “AIPA has contributed greatly to ASEAN’s connection, integration and development thus enhancing the bloc’s central role in the region. AIPA 33 will discuss the organization’s performance, challenges and opportunities in ensuring peace, stability, security and prosperity in the region”.

H.E. Dr. Boediono, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia also personally inaugurated the 33rd AIPA Assembly, and extended his warm greetings and appreciation to all parliamentarians of ASEAN during a Formal Dinner held in the Hall of the Governor’s Office in Mataram on September 17.

The AIPA Executive Committee (EXCOM) Meeting along with the First Plenary Session and the UN Women’s Luncheon were held on September 18, and were followed the next day by committee meetings, dialogue with observer delegations and a meeting of the Committee on Joint Communiqué. The committee meetings adopted many important resolutions that focus on some specific strategies and developments. Each committee also released reports containing the drafted resolutions, which can be obtained by the general public and media on the 33rd AIPA General Assembly Publication List Archive: http://ksap.dpr.go.id/aipa2012/publication

AIPA’s second plenary session was convened in the same ASEAN spirit of friendship, unity and cooperation on September 21. Similar to the first session, it adopted many important decisions, marking a new development of AIPA’s role in the ASEAN Community. Up for discussion were measures to boost coordination in strategic research and technological transfers in agriculture, food and forestry; energy and environmental related issues; adapting to climate change and improving parliamentary cooperation between AIPA members and its observers. During this second plenary session, the participants also decided that the 34th AIPA General Assembly would be held in Brunei from September 15-21, 2013.

Finally, the AIPA Solidarity Farewell Party held on September 21, 2012 marked the end of the successful 33rd General Assembly. H.E. Dr Marzuki Alie once again expressed his gratitude and appreciation to all AIPA Delegations, Observer Parliaments, Representatives of the ASEAN Secretariat, and the rest of the invitees for their enthusiasm, support and strong cooperation during the 33rd AIPA General Assembly. He further reminded all delegations, “We value the resolutions produced by the Committee for political matters, economic matters, social matters and WAIPA. Each resolution that we adopt reflects our concern in addressing all problems in the region. In order to overcome future challenges, in line with the dynamics and interaction in the region, we need to improve the quality and quantity of our communication based on the principles of equality and togetherness.” The party’s entertainment, which included traditional dances and music performances from the ten ASEAN countries, was beautifully presented and well received.

During the function, H.E. Dr. Marzuki Alie presented an AIPA Appreciation Trophy to The Santosa Villas & Resort and further expressed his gratitude for The Santosa’s extraordinary job and excellent service, and also for it’s management and staff’s tremendous support, continuous efforts and help to make the event a success.

For further enquiries regarding the AIPA and its’ general assembly, please call or mail directly the AIPA Secretariat, 6th Floor, Nusantara 3 Building, DPR-RI Compound, Jalan Gatot Subroto, Senayan, Jakarta 10270 Indonesia,.Telephone(s): +62 21 571 5511/571 5691, Fax: +62 21 572 1319; or send an electronic mail to aipa@aipasecretariat.org.

The Santosa Villas & Resort is situated on over 7 hectares in the heart of Senggigi Beach near numerous art stores, galleries, cafes and other attractions. The resort features two restaurants including The Seaside Restaurant, a favorite of local residents and visitors alike because of its fresh, delicious and original menu offerings. The resort also offers a lounge, poolside bar, day spa, lagoon swimming pool, two tennis courts, two table tennis, extensive walking trails, free parking, concierge services, child care-provider referrals, business center, drug store and art shop, dry cleaning and laundry service.

THE SANTOSA VILLAS & RESORT
Jln. Raya Senggigi Km. 8
Senggigi Lombok Barat 83355 – Indonesia
P:+62 370 693090 F:+62 370 693175
www.santosalombok.com
Contact: Manerly Flodeilla Salvatore (Public Relations)

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