EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
No. 41 /Pol/Add/I/2012
REMARKS OF THE SPEAKER OF THE INDONESIAN HOUSE OF PEOPLES REPRESENTATIVE, HON. DR. MARZUKI ALIE AS THE PRESIDENT OF ASEAN INTER PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY (AIPA) ON THE SIXTH ORDINARY SESSION OF THE PAN AFRICAN PARLIAMENT (PAP).
On January 16, 2012, the Indonesian delegation led by Hon. Dr. Marzuki Alie in his capacity as President of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) was present upon the invitation of Hon. Dr. Moussa Idris Ndele, President of PAP, to attend the Sixth Ordinary Session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP). The delegation consists of Hon. Dr. Marzuki Alie, Hon. Dr. M. Hidayat Nur Wahid (Chairman of Inter Parliamentary Cooperation of the Indonesian House of Peoples Representative), H.E. Mr. Ramli Saud (Ambassador of Indonesia to Ethiopia), Mr. Bambang Hartoyo (Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of Indonesia in Addis Ababa), Mr. Muhammad Masad Masrur (Expert Staff of the Speaker of Indonesian House of Peoples Representative/HPR), and Mr. Edison Eman Tjarya (ADC to the Speaker of Indonesian HPR).
The Sixth Ordinary Session of the Pan African Parliament, which was attended by the delegations from member countries in Africa with the guest of honor, H. E. Mr. Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, was officially opened by Hon. Dr. Moussa Idriss Ndele, the President of PAP held at UN-ECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa) Conference Hall.
In his speech, the President of the PAP in addition to express his gratitude for the presence and participation of all delegates at the conference, including the delegation of Indonesia, also said that the main agenda of the Sixth Ordinary Session of the Pan African Parliament this time is in order to obtain the agreement of all Member States to transform the PAP, originally as a Consultative Body to a Legislative organ of the African Union (AU).
Meanwhile, in his speech as President of AIPA as well as the Speaker of the Indonesian HPR, Hon. Dr. Marzuki Alie conveyed his gratitude upon the invitation of the President of PAP to attend the Sixth Ordinary Session of the Pan African Parliament in Addis Ababa. He said that his presence on the Sixth Ordinary Session of the Pan African Parliament is also a kind of the continuation of harmonious relations between the nations of Asia and Africa that was convened at the Asia-Africa Conference (AAC) in 1955, in Bandung, Indonesia. The AAC’s 50 year anniversary was commemorated together with the leaders of Asian and most African countries in 2005 in the same historical city.
Furthermore, the Speaker of the Indonesian HPR as the President of AIPA conveyed the dynamic and the experience of the AIPA, among others, strengthening the position of the regional parliament, so that it led to a formal meetings between ASEAN leaders and the AIPA on the last ASEAN Summit. The Speaker of the Indonesian HPR also added about the role of the ASEAN parliament (AIPA) in supporting the importance of the ASEAN Community into reality by 2015.
With regard to the development of political situation in North Africa and the Middle East (starting from Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya) which also known as “Arab Spring”, he expects that the Sixth Ordinary Session of the Pan African Parliament could draw valuable 'lessons' from turbulence of such political situation in the region.
On the other hand, the Speaker of the Indonesian HPR conveyed that the transformation of the PAP from the Consultative Body to a Legislative organ of the African Union is also expected to generate maximum benefits for all member States of the PAP. The Speaker of the Indonesian HPR was also hoping that his presence at the Sixth Ordinary Session of the Pan African Parliament will also be able to strengthen greater cooperation between the PAP and the AIPA in the near future.
Addis Ababa, January 16, 2012