Following the establishment of the ASEAN Community in 2015, the vision should now expand to outside ASEAN wherein AIPA should continue to look at constructive avenues for better engagement and joint ventures between the region's respective governments and those outside ASEAN. This was among the matters highlighted in the message of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu'izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar 'Ali Saifuddien Sa'adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan And Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam on the occasion of the 40th General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) in Bangkok, Thailand.
Touching on the theme on this year's AIPA General Assembly "Advancing Parliamentary Partnership for Sustainable Community", His Majesty says it fits well with the theme of this year's ASEAN Summit and is timely as we strive towards achieving the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.
Moving towards a sustainable ASEAN Community requires support, cooperation and partnership among all parties, including the legislative bodies in ASEAN. Hence, adds His Majesty, AIPA parliamentarians, as representatives of the people of ASEAN, have an instrumental role to play in communicating ASEAN's vision and aspirations of the people.
His Majesty also says since becoming a member of AIPA, Brunei Darussalam has greatly valued AIPA's role in ensuring that the people of ASEAN remain a united, integrated community through promoting an understanding of ASEAN's regional policies.
The Monarch then highlights the important partnership between ASEAN and AIPA. Through the ASEAN Leaders' Interface with AIPA during the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok this year, ASEAN Leaders and AIPA had the opportunity to discuss on the works of ASEAN at all levels and ways to further enhance cooperation between ASEAN and AIPA.
ASEAN very much appreciates this high-level dialogue and strategic partnership with AIPA. His Majesty is also pleased to note that the agenda for the 40th AIPA General Assembly this year continues to touch on issues that serve to reinforce AIPA's past developments, including those which Brunei Darussalam places great emphasis on. According to His Majesty, Brunei Darussalam will continue to support the work of AIPA to achieve a common goal to ASEAN for the collective benefit of the people. Finally, His Majesty wishes the 40th AIPA General Assembly and its delegates much success in their deliberations.
His Majesty is confident that moving forward, AIPA will remain an important component in ASEAN's plans and efforts to achieve a sustainable ASEAN Community.
Source: Radio Television Brunei