“Role of AIPA in Building a Prosperous ASEAN Community ”
Phnom Penh (14 September, 2011): Cambodian top lawmakers on Wednesday hinted that Cambodia is the nation where Myanmar will be becoming a full member of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) after serving nearly 20 years as an observer state.
Speaking in his remarks at a roundtable discussion on “Role of AIPA in Building a Prosperous ASEAN community” organized by Club of Cambodian Journalists, H.E Cheam Yeap, Chairman of the Commission on Economy, Finance, Banking and Audit of the National Assembly, said Cambodia is really proud that it is hosting the 32nd General Assembly of AIPA and Myanmar would become AIPA full member in the event.
Speaking to about 60 journalists and several parliamentarians, H.E Cheam Yeap said AIPA is becoming stronger as the number of the state members is increasing, as now Myanmar becomes another member.
Speaking in his welcoming remarks at the discussion in the name of KAS, Mr. Mom Saroeun said Club of Cambodian Journalists which is one of KAS’s partners plays a key role in raising public awareness on general news information through organizing events like the “Today event”. He said “I believe that Club of Cambodian Journalists is still active and having more close cooperation with KAS as a partner to hold other upcoming events.”
Echoing to Mr. Mom Saroeun, CCJ President Mr. Pen Samitthy said without KAS, CCJ could not organize the event. “With support from Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Club of Cambodian Journalists can bring journalists to lawmakers, government officials, and others to discuss different topics with different objectives. The events are not only providing opportunity to journalists to meet and talk directly to speakers but they are also raising public awareness of what happened, what is happening, and what will happen through journalists’ news reports,” he said.
H.E Cheam Yeap also expressed his thanks to KAS that supports such discussion which he thought it was important for the Cambodian people. During the discussion, he briefed about the AIPA background and the detail of what the Cambodian parliament would do for the 32rd AIPA meeting on 18-24 September, 2011. About 400 foreign delegates would participate in the meeting where the Cambodian government needs to spend some US$1.3 million for the event with tough security, he added.
On 8 August 1967: five member countries in Southeast Asia — Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippine — established ASEAN in Bangkok and on 2 September, 1977, ASEAN set up AIPO (ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization). The First AIPO Meeting was in Jakarta, Indonesia, from 8 – 11 January 1975. Cambodian National Assembly was accepted as the AIPO member in 1999 and it hosted the 25th AIPO in Phnom Penh on 12-17 September 2004. AIPO was changed to AIPA during its General Assembly in Vientiane, Lao PDR, in 2005. So far, AIPA members are Cambodia; Indonesia; Lao PDR; Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.