National Assembly president Heng Samrin said that the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) needs to maintain its common stance to foster sustainable development in the region.
Speaking at the plenary session of the 40th General Assembly of AIPA in Bangkok today, Mr Samrin said that AIPA needs to have a common stance for the nations and people’s interest in order to promote business and investment.
“AIPA has to pay attention to follow up and maintain its common stance in supporting multilateralism based on the principle of international laws, respect, mutual understanding, interest without meddling, sovereignty and territorial integrity of individual country,” he said.
The meetings are held under the theme of “Advancing Parliamentary Partnership for Sustainability Community Development” and run from Sunday to Friday in Bangkok.
He added that the parliamentary diplomacy and partnership are crucial to foster regional and global development.
Mr Samrin requested that the AIPA consider the use of labour force through implementation of improved social protection system among Asean member countries in order to ensure that all migrant workers and their families are protected by the law and provided with non-discriminatory public services.
Formed in 1977, AIPA is the centre of communication and information among member parliaments which consist of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.