ISLAMABAD -UNS – Two day meeting of Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) Standing Committee on Creation of Asian Parliament (SCCAP) and Standing Committee on Political Affairs (SCPA) of APA was held on 14-15 March, 2017 at Islamabad. 23 members of APA attended the Standing Committee meeting.
On the 14th of March, 2017, the meeting of the Standing Committee on Creation of Asian Parliament (SCCAP) was held in which it was decided that six sub-regional groups of member countries will be formed to prepare their proposals for creation of the Asian Parliament which would be submitted to Standing Committee on Political Affairs (SCPA) to finalize and make recommendations for Executive Council of APA.
The meeting also adopted a resolution for creation of Asian Parliament namely “Towards an Asian Parliament” and sent it to SCPA.
On the 15th March, 2017, a meeting of the Standing Committee on Political Affairs was held in which Bahrain was elected as Vice President and Laos as Rapporteur of the meeting.
The Committee adopted three new resolutions namely ‘Resolution on Good Governance’, ‘Resolution on Good Parliamentary Practices and Rule of Law and Judicial Empowerment’ with amendments sponsored by the Senate of Pakistan for transmission to the Executive Council.
The Committee adopted three other resolutions with amendments namely ‘Asian Parliaments’ Unwavering Support for the Palestinian People’, ‘On Building Prosperity in Asia through Friendship and Cooperation and Asian Parliament and Governments together for Prosperity in Asia’ for consideration of the Executive Council.
The Committee deferred the consideration of two resolutions on ‘Significant Political Development in Asia’ and ‘United Front against Terrorism and Violent Extremism’ till the next meeting as those member parliaments who had moved the amendments to them were not present.
The APA Secretariat was represented by Dr. Ali Khorram, Deputy Secretary General of Asian Parliamentary Assembly. Chairman Senate of Pakistan Mian Raza Rabbani presided over both the meetings as its capacity of Vice President of APA and Chair of SCCAP and SCPA.
The meetings were attended by Pakistan, Lebanon, Kuwait, Syria, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Jordan, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Azerbaijan, Iran, Bahrain, India, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao Republic, Thailand, Bhutan, Saudi Arabia and Palestine.
It is pertinent to mention that the Speakers of Syria and Bhutan attended the Conference and four delegations of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Indonesia were led by women parliamentarians.