At the meeting (Photo: VNA)

Manila (VNA) –
Vietnam proposed a
resolution on strengthening intra-regional cooperation to build an ASEAN
Economic Community (AEC) of equal development and inclusive growth at the
second plenary session of the 38th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA)
General Assembly in the Philippines on September 19.

The resolution, which was adopted with high
consensus from AIPA member countries, suggests enhancing multinational
cooperation to narrow development gap, ensure sustainable poverty reduction and
effective implementation of social welfare. It calls for considering the
building of a common institutional framework for the AEC.

Vietnam also put forward ideas to modify the
content of a resolution on combating marine plastic debris and micro-plastic
proposed by Indonesia. The ideas concerned the mention of the UN sustainable
development goal of enhancing the conservation and sustainable use of oceans,
seas and marine resources and a call for the governments of AIPA member countries
to promote communication campaigns to change the consumers’ habit of using
plastic bags.

Within the framework of the conference of the
Women Parliamentarians of AIPA, the Vietnamese delegation contributed to the
content of a resolution addressing health matters for women migrant workers and
urging AIPA member countries to improve health financial policies to help them
access healthcare services.

After adopting 21 resolutions, heads of delegations
of AIPA member countries signed a Joint Communiqué. 

Participants also agreed to change the logo of
the AIPA with the hope of promoting its solidarity and development.

The AIPA-38 is taking place from September 16-19
with the participation of representatives from 10 ASEAN member countries and 11
observer nations. 

Themed “ASEAN and AIPA: Partnering for Inclusive
Change”, the event focuses on challenges facing the region and the world such
as anti-drug, environmental protection, healthcare protection for women migrant
workers, protection of women and children from sexual abuse, and food security,
among others.-VNA