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APA Chief Calls for Comprehensive Law on Asian Cultural, Social Affairs

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, Sept. 13 (ICANA) – Secretary General of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA), Mohammad Mehdi Nejad-Hosseinian says it is imperative to enact a common law for Asian social and cultural affairs.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011 11:13:49 PM
APA Chief Calls for Comprehensive Law on Asian Cultural, Social Affairs

He also says a special working group comprising Iran, Indonesia and Cambodia has been formed to enhance Asia's potential in countering smuggling of cultural relics.

Addressing the first day session of the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) Standing Committee for Social and Cultural Affairs in Tehran on Tuesday, Nejad-Hosseinian briefed the audience on the activities of APA Standing Committee and said the Committee has five main subjects on its agenda during its two day session.

He cited the five pivotal issues as follows: 1. Cultural diversity in Asia; 2. Globalization opportunities in Asia; 3. Communication and information technology; 4. Health equity in Asia; and 5. Campaign against corruption in Asia.

He said parliaments of APA member states had studied these issues in advance and will discuss their various dimensions here in Tehran. He added that it was necessary for the Asian states to enact a common law to cover all these principles.

The official said Bahrain, Indonesia, Russia and Iran will be deliberating in the special working group on information technology in a bid to reduce the digital gap among Asian nations.

He also underlined the need for a serious fight against corruption in Asia and said Asian parliaments played a significant role in development of its strategy.

Addressing the opening session of the APA Standing Committee for Social and Cultural Affairs on Tuesday, First Vice-Speaker of Iranian Parliament (Majlis), Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabi-Fard said poverty and corruption were two main elements behind Asia's backwardness and urged APA member states to devise a united policy and approach towards eliminating these menaces.

He also said it was now imperative for the APA member states to take practical and executive steps towards parliamentary cooperation by enacting common laws.

The Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) was born in 2006 at the Seventh Session of the Association of Asian Parliamentary for Peace (AAPP). In other words, the APA is the continuation of an organization which was established in 1999.

The APA comprises 41 Member Parliaments and 17 observers. Each Member Parliament has a specific number of seats in the Assembly based on the size of their population.

The number of the total seats, and therefore, the number of votes, is currently 206.

Members of the Assembly must be elected by the members of the Member Parliaments.

The APA Charter and Tehran Declaration lay out the framework of cooperation among the Asian countries, and point out to a vision; that is Asian Integration.

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