Message from President of the
of Lao People’s Democratic Republic and President of
ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization (AIPO)
honor and profound pleasure, on behalf of the President of
the National Assembly of Lao PDR and President of ASEAN
Inter-Parliamentary Organization, allow me to extend my very
warm welcome to His Royal Highness, Excellencies, Honorable
Delegates, Special Observers and Observer delegations,
heading to Vientiane, the Capital of Lao PDR to attend the
26th AIPO General Assembly from 18-23rd September 2005.
Since this is the first-ever experience for the Lao National
Assembly to host such an important event, the AIPO National
Group of Lao PDR is ready to work together with our AIPO
Members on crucial issues of our organization’s mandate as
representative body of
ASEAN family. We have firm expectation of good cooperation
from all participants in a bid to harvest the best possible
outcome of our four days of sitting.
The ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Organization (AIPO) is an
Inter-Parliamentary Organization that comprises member
countries and special observer countries in the South East
Asia. AIPO was formally founded in 1977 with the cooperation
among member of ASEAN parliaments. At present, the AIPO has
been adhered to by parliaments of 8 ASEAN Member countries
namely: Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines,
Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, and Lao People’s Democratic
Republic. Brunei Darussalam and Union of Myanmar have joined
AIPO as special observers.
The AIPO General Assembly has become important milestone
along the path of cooperation among ASEAN nations in
promoting peace, security, cooperation and development. With
cooperation among AIPO member countries, we will reach the
ASEAN’s goals; aimed at promoting economic, social, and
cultural development, together with sustaining the regional
political and economic stability.
During this 26th AIPO General Assembly, the members of Lao
National Assembly and I profoundly anticipate that all
member countries will place more emphasis on the issues that
directly involve with our people; the future of ASEAN as
well as the solutions to poverty for our ASEAN people.
In this 26th AIPO General Assembly, Australia, Canada,
People’s Republic of China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Papua
New Guinea, Russian Federation, and the European Parliament
will participate as observers who together with AIPO will
shape better cooperative relations for our common cause.
We do hope that the outcome of this Assembly will create
extensive communication, co-ordination, cooperation, and
conciliation in finding the most appropriate and accurate
solutions to the problems that ASEAN community is facing at
present and in the future.
With that conviction, I have the honor to invite AIPO
Members, Special Observers, Observers and Guests to come to
our Vientiane Capital for attending the 26th AIPO General
President of the Lao National Assembly, President of AIPO