Bhutan at­tends first ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil for the Asian par­lia­men­tary as­sem­bly

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The speaker of the Na­tional As­sem­bly Jigme Zangpo and MP from Gangzur Min­jey Karma Rang­dol, at­tended the Asian Par­lia­men­tary As­sem­bly (APA) Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Staff and Fi­nan­cial Reg­u­la­tion and 1st APA Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil Meet­ing held in Phnom Penh, Cam­bo­dia from Septem­ber 26-27, 2016. Out of 42 mem­ber coun­tries for the APA, 22 mem­ber coun­tries were present dur­ing the meet­ings.

On 26 Septem­ber 2016, the speaker and other del­e­ga­tion heads of the mem­ber coun­tries of APA at­tended cour­tesy call on Dr. Nguon Nhel, sec­ond vice-pres­i­dent of the na­tional as­sem­bly of the king­dom of Cam­bo­dia, rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Samdech Akka Moha Pon­hea Chakrei Heng Sam­rin, Pres­i­dent of the na­tional as­sem­bly of the king­dom of Cam­bo­dia and pres­i­dent of APA by heads of del­e­ga­tion and act­ing sec­re­tary gen­eral of APA.

The ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil meet­ing dis­cussed on the pro­posed an­nual bud­get of the APA sec­re­tariat sub­mit­ted for con­sid­er­a­tion and rec­om­men­da­tion to the ninth ple­nary for ap­proval. The bud­get of the APA is to en­able the sec­re­tariat to ful­fill its obli­ga­tions in more ac­tive and suc­cess­ful man­ner and pave the way for greater co­op­er­a­tion among Asian par­lia­men­tar­i­ans. The shares of the mem­bers par­lia­ments of the APA bud­get are di­vided into six cat­e­gories ap­proved by sev­enth APA ple­nary, which starts from 1%and ends up to 6% where Bhutan falls un­der 1%for the con­tri­bu­tion of the to­tal an­nual bud­get.

Fur­ther, the meet­ing dis­cussed on 20 im­por­tant draft res­o­lu­tions which have al­ready been de­lib­er­ated upon in the APA stand­ing com­mit­tee on po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, so­cial and cul­tural as well as fi­nan­cial and ad­min­is­tra­tive is­sues to make ap­pro­pri­ate rec­om­men­da­tions to the ple­nary for its fi­nal de­ci­sion.

On be­half of Na­tional As­sem­bly of Bhutan, the speaker clar­i­fied on the ac­cep­tance of host­ing of APA stand­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing on so­cial and cul­tural af­fairs, which is sched­uled to be held in 2017. It was not vol­un­tar­ily but on the ba­sis of re­quest from most of the APA mem­ber coun­tries. He also ap­prised in the meet­ing that he would be com­mit­ted in prin­ci­ple for the host­ing of meet­ing de­spite many con­straints and prior ap­proval from the gov­ern­ment must be pur­sued.

On 27the Septem­ber 2016, the speaker at­tended cour­tesy call on Samdech Akka Moha Pon­hea Chakrei Heng Sam­rin, Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional As­sem­bly of the King­dom of Cam­bo­dia.

The Pres­i­dent ex­pressed his hearty wel­come for the speaker’s visit on be­half of the na­tional as­sem­bly of Cam­bo­dia and par­tic­i­pa­tion in the APA ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil meet­ing. He stated that although be­tween Bhutan and Cam­bo­dia has not yet started for­mal diplo- matic re­la­tion­ship but through APA and par­lia­men­tary co­op­er­a­tion the two coun­tries are get­ting close.

In ad­di­tion, he added that the ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil meet­ing will re­solve the draft res­o­lu­tions into fi­nal and hopes to ben­e­fit the peo­ple of the Asia. He shared that the Na­tional As­sem­bly of Cam­bo­dia is also en­thu­si­as­tic to ex­change co­op­er­a­tion with Par­lia­ment of Bhutan as a re­spon­si­bil­ity for the Asian fam­ily. Their present also in­vited the speaker to at­tend Ninth ple­nary meet­ing of APA to be held at the end of Novem­ber, 2016.

The speaker ex­pressed whole-hearted grat­i­tude for the peo­ple of Cam­bo­dia for hos­pi­tal­ity and per­sonal in­vi­ta­tion sent by Pres­i­dent to at­tend APA Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Staff and Fi­nan­cial Reg­u­la­tion and 1st APA Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil Meet­ing. He voiced to con­vey the mes­sage to the His Majesty and gov­ern­ment of the Cam­bo­dia.

He shared that Bhutan is a young and unique democ­racy and in early grow­ing stage. The democ­racy in Bhutan was for­mally adopted in 2008 un­der the lead­er­ship of Fourth King, who de­cided to draft con­sti­tu­tion and em­pow­ered the Bhutanese peo­ple. Be­ing young democ­racy, he af­firmed that Bhutan is ready to work closely and learn from in­ter­na­tional fo­rums like IPU, APA and oth­ers best prac­tices. Hence, we do not waste and in­vest our huge re­sources in do­ing re­search. He ex­pressed that our de­vel­op­ment phi­los­o­phy is Gross Na­tional Hap­pi­ness and we are able to put up this de­vel­op­ment phi­los­o­phy in the world fo­rums.

Sub­se­quently, the speaker stated two things that we should keep in the mind: Firstly, he stated that the 21st cen­tury is for Asian, even claimed by the world lead­ers. Se­condly, it is the po­lit­i­cal will of work­ing in co­he­sion and co­op­er­a­tion to make Asia num­ber one can be ma­te­ri­al­ized by putting lit­tle ex­tra hard work.

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